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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

Ben Lomond recovery works update

31/05/2018

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will oversee the recovery works at Ben Lomond after a recent fire destroyed essential infrastructure.


Preliminary work undertaken by PWS has identified options for a number of temporary day use shelters and toilet facilities with the aim of having these in place in time for the ski season.


PWS northern regional manager Chris Colley said these temporary facilities are likely to be portable, fit for purpose containers.


"PWS is currently working with a number of companies with the intention of having these on site and connected to services as soon as these can be secured and delivered," Mr Colley said.


"Site works in preparation for the various temporary shelter and toilet facilities is expected to commence within the next two weeks.


"Repairs to the damaged boardwalk adjacent to the public shelter are also expected to be completed shortly".


Major demolition work on the day use shelter and Alpine Hotel is expected to commence early next week following a clean-up of a small amount of asbestos and contaminated material throughout this week by contractors.


An electronic message board is in place at the bottom of Ben Lomond Road providing information to visitors regarding the only currently available public toilet which is located at the Ben Lomond campground.


Discussions around the replacement of a permanent building will commence after the temporary arrangements are in place. Planning for replacement of public facilities at Ben Lomond will include consultation with key stakeholder groups when timing is suitable.


PWS acknowledges the importance of these essential facilities and is working to restore them as soon as possible.