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IMPORTANT NOTICE - Advice to bushwalkers for the South West


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the temporary closure of the major walking track system in the South West National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The Director of Parks and Wildlife Rob Giason said an outbreak of fires as a result of severe lightning strikes meant the tracks would be closed until further notice.

The tracks include the South Coast Track, Western Arthurs Track Arthur Plains Track, the Huon Track (also known as the 'Yo Yo Track'), the Farm House Creek Track leading to Moss Ridge, the Southern Ranges Track from Lune River and the track from the Cracroft Crossing to Federation Peak.

Mr Giason said public safety was the primary concern and while walkers were in no immediate danger the imperative was to ensure their safety if the fires spread quickly.

"The major fires are burning at the mouth of New River Lagoon on the South Coast Track and north west of the Cracroft River at the eastern end of the Arthur Plains near Federation Peak," he said.

"A fire Incident Management Team has been established as part of a multi-agency response to these and a number of other fires burning in the south of the State," he said.

"Parks and Wildlife staff have begun advising walkers on the tracks of the fire danger.

"Notices will be placed at strategic points along the tracks, including campsites."

Helicopters would also be used to survey tracks for walkers as weather and fire conditions allow, he said.

For more media information contact the Government Media Office on 6233 6573 and for track information call the Parks and Wildlife Service Huonville Office on 62 648460.