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DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman


A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.

PWS Director Visitor Services, Stuart Lennox, said the products are a small but significant part of a four-year project to improve sustainable use of the area and ensure its natural and cultural features remain for future generations to enjoy.

“The first DVD, Kani Milaythina, is a ground-breaking production that showcases the globally significant and irreplaceable Aboriginal heritage of the area,” Mr Lennox  said.

“PWS staff partnered with members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council to produce this DVD which features recreated scenes of traditional Aboriginal people in this incredible coastal landscape.

“It is a wonderful teaching tool aimed at a student audience and copies will be made available to Tasmanian schools.”

The second DVD, Recreational Driving in the Arthur-Pieman, addresses the impact of the increasing number of four-wheel-drive vehicles and quad and trail bikes using the reserve.

Presented by well-known identity Nick Duigan, from the TV series Hook, Line and Sinker, the DVD is essential viewing for anyone planning recreational driving in what is recognised as technically the most challenging location in Tasmania.

The DVD, along with the Recreational Driving booklet, is being distributed to visitors who purchase a recreational driving pass for the Arthur-Pieman. The DVD was produced with the assistance of local four-wheel-drive clubs and partly-funded by the Motor Accidents Insurance Board.

Mr Lennox said the third DVD, Powerful Country, Passionate People, showcases the north west  of Tasmania, through interviews with 10 colourful characters including local residents, cattle farmers, fishermen and kelpers, as well as shack owners and the PWS staff who help to manage the area.

“This DVD is available for purchase, with funds being returned to the PWS Arthur River Field Centre for works in the reserve,” he said.

“These products are among many positive outcomes of this project that has seen better regulated use of the four-wheel-drive tracks, improved links with the community, a reduction in serious accidents and improved recognition, promotion and protection of the Aboriginal heritage of the area.”

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

Filming the Recreational Driving DVD at the Arthur-Pieman, were from left, presenter Nick Duigan, project manager Fiona Rice, producer Dan Broun of the Digital Suite and sound editor and seoond camerman, Phil McKercher.

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

The Recreational Driving DVD highlighs coastal dangers such as sea foam.

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

Hook, Line and Sinker personality Nick Duigan during filming of the Recreational Driving DVD.

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

The DVD kani milaythina - talk country - showcases Aboriginal heritage with recreated scenes of Aboriginal people in the landscape.