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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

New Parks Authority

10/07/2013

The future management of Tasmania’s world class reserve system will be guided by a new authority to match its status, the Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman said today.


“Tasmania has a reserve system that is the envy of many countries around the world with the economic, natural, cultural and recreational values they contain. “ Mr Wightman said


“That reputation is going to become even greater when our current national parks and reserves are joined by the reserves to be proclaimed under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement Act 2013.


“The establishment of a new Parks and Reserves Authority will ensure that we have a system in place that best serves the future management of all these areas and their values to all sectors in Tasmania,” he said.


Mr Wightman said Tasmania’s reserve system provides many things to many people, from recreational activities, to conserving rich natural and cultural values, to providing tourism opportunities as well as other private and commercial activities, such as mineral exploration and mining.


“The new authority will be made up of a new Parks and Reserves Board and a Chief Executive.


“The Parks and Reserves Board will advise on the strategic direction for parks and other reserved lands as well as develop draft management plans for the reserves in consultation with the community,” he said.


Mr Wightman said the board will have five skills based members with experience in the areas of environmental conservation, resource management, fire management, carbon management, cultural and Aboriginal heritage, recreation and tourism.


“The Chief Executive will be a statutory appointee with powers to appoint rangers and to enforce the Act.


“The establishment of the authority was about ensuring Tasmania had appropriate and contemporary governance in place for its reserve system.


“Its establishment will not change overall the day to day operational work of staff on reserve management,” he said.


Mr Wightman said the establishment of a statutory authority will require amendments to the current National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002.


“We will be aiming to start this process as soon as practicable, and will consult with key stakeholders,” he said.