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History unlocked at Richmond Gaol

12/11/2018

Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Godfreys Beach penguin viewing platform open

07/11/2018

The development of a new penguin viewing platform at Godfreys Beach at The Nut State Reserve in Stanley has recently been completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Joint Management Plan for the Egg Islands Reserve and Egg Islands Conservation Area 2009

The full version of the Joint Management Plan for the Egg Islands Reserve and Egg Islands Conservation Area 2009 is available for download as a PDF [4 900 KB].

The Egg Islands consist of two estuarine islands covering a combined 443 ha. Almost two-thirds of this area is publicly-owned land, known as the Egg Islands Conservation Area, which is managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The Tasmanian Land Conservancy, a non-profit, non-government organisation, own and manage just over one-third of the islands in their Egg Islands Reserve, which is held in freehold title. This draft management plan covers all the Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmanian Land Conservancy and excludes the remaining freehold title of 25 ha.

Most of the Egg Islands are in a natural or near-natural condition and incorporate significant nature conservation values. Important wetland and rushland vegetation communities occupy much of the southern part of the islands. In addition to this, the northern sections of the islands support rare and endangered Eucalyptus ovata forest and woodland, being the largest remnant in south-east Tasmania.

The relatively intact vegetation communities of the islands comprise valuable habitat for a range of fauna, especially waterbirds. There is evidence that the Egg Islands provide habitat for seven threatened or significant bird species, one threatened fish, one threatened amphibian and two threatened invertebrates.

The Egg Islands are a relatively recent landform having been created by the accumulation of fine sediment in the lower reaches of the Huon River. They are considered to be the most important and least disturbed of this class of estuarine depositional landform in Tasmania, and they are still growing with expansion of the mud flats in the south.

Even though they are now in a largely natural condition, the Egg Islands cannot be considered an untouched wilderness. Indeed, they have played an important part in the history and development of the Huon Valley. While there is no known evidence of Aboriginal occupation, the islands would almost certainly have provided a food source, principally swan eggs, for the local indigenous people. Since the early days of European settlement the islands were used for various forms of primary production and recreation including stock grazing, orchards, vegetable growing, timber harvesting, duck hunting and greyhound training. Little evidence of this use remains on the islands today, with the most significant heritage feature being a canal across the south island, first built by convicts in 1838.

The only access to the islands is by boat and there are no formal landing facilities. The difficulty of access coupled with the swampy terrain has meant that visitation to the islands is very low.

Management

This plan proposes that the Egg Islands be managed primarily for conservation purposes. It adopts the following overarching objective for the islands.To identify, conserve, protect, assist people to appreciate and where necessary, restore the natural and cultural heritage values of the islands, and to ensure those values are passed on to future generations in as good or better condition than at present.