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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires


Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Preparations for Macquarie Island pest project


Preparations are in full swing for one of the world’s largest pest eradication projects on the World Heritage listed Macquarie Island.

The joint project by the Australian and Tasmanian Government is aimed at eradicating the large numbers of rabbits and rodents destroying the natural environment on the remote island 1500 kilometres south-east of Tasmania.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said that the team of about 28 Parks and Wildlife Service staff, contractors and four helicopters is preparing for an April departure to resume the aerial baiting program on the island.

“Baiting began last winter but was unsuccessful due to extremely windy and cloudy conditions. Some improvements to the baiting operation are planned as a result of the limited baiting that was undertaken last year,” Mr Wightman said.

“One of the key goals is to arrive on the island earlier in the year in order to expand the window of flying weather.

“The size of the baiting team has been increased and a focus of the overall team will be to reduce impacts on non-target species.

“While impacts on non-target species are regrettable, it is not feasible in this type of operation to avoid non-target species impacts entirely.

“Short term impacts are expected to be far outweighed by benefits to many species following removal of invasive species and the resultant recovery of natural processes.”

Once aerial baiting is complete, highly trained hunting dogs will scour the island to locate any surviving rabbits. Field work to complete rabbit eradication is expected to take up to five years.