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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Drones

Drone use in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves

The operation and use of drones on reserved land is not permitted unless specific written authority has been provided by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Commonly referred to as drones, the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is subject to requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and when used on or over reserved land, governed by the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009.

Whilst Tasmania’s scenic parks and reserves may seem like the perfect location for drone use, the operation of drones raises several potential negative impacts:

  • Disturbance to wildlife and the potential to impact animal breeding patterns and behaviour, particularly birds (e.g. eagles and other raptors, shorebirds) 
  •  Impact on visitor experience 
  •  Privacy of park visitors 
  •  Safety issues; the potential for collision and impacting on helicopter and fire management operations. 

Exceptions

  • Commercial and event filming
  • Scientific research.

Drone operators must be certified and licensed by CASA to fly a drone before PWS will assess an application to use drones for commercial filming or scientific research. 

Reporting drone activity

For drone activity over reserved land, please contact Parks and Wildlife Service Enquiries on 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727) or email 

General drone activity can be reported to CASA.