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Changes to private vehicle access to Dove Lake

25/09/2018

From 22 October 2018, private vehicle access into Cradle Mountain National Park will be restricted during shuttle bus operating hours to ensure visitor safety.More

Tarkine Drive visitor facility upgrades

17/09/2018

A tender has been advertised for upgrades to visitor sites on the Tarkine Drive.More

New improved Fortescue Bay boat ramp

14/09/2018

Work has been completed on a major upgrade of the Fortescue Bay boat ramp on the Tasman Peninsula.More

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils

08/10/2004

Tasmania's most famous and iconic animal, the Tasmanian Devil, faces a devastating disease which is sweeping through the devil population. Like many infectious diseases it appears to be density-dependent. It kills nearly more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 40-50% in medium-low density areas.

The disease, which doesn't seem to be affecting other species, is a cancer most likely caused by a virus. Adult males are the first affected, then adult females. Once symptoms are obvious, tumours spread throughout the body and the infected devil dies within months.

This disease was first noticed in the mid-1990s but has become more prevalent and has now been recorded through the east, north east, south east, midlands and on the edges of the highlands.

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment's web site provides details on the disease and the efforts being made to combat it.