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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

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

19/08/2019

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

08/08/2019

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

Stranded whale successfully returned to open water

05/12/2011

A sperm whale stranded at Temma Harbour on the West Coast since Saturday has been successfully returned to open water.


Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Arthur said that calmer conditions assisted efforts this morning to move the whale to open water after it was left in a secure location within the harbour overnight.


“Attempts were made earlier this morning to move the whale into deep water, but it dislodged itself from the net and returned to the harbour. Shortly after that, it again left the harbour, swimming strongly to the south before we lost sight of it when it dove into deep water,” Mr Arthur said.


“We gave this whale every chance by looking after it in a safe location overnight and then using proven techniques of shepherding it out into deeper water with the assistance of a net and vessels.


“We are very pleased to get a successful result in this instance and we’d like to thank staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and the local fisherman who made his vessel available for the rescue effort in this remote location.”


Mr Arthur said that the successful rescue highlighted the significance of early reporting of strandings to the Whale Hotline 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537).

Stranded whale successfully returned to open water

Calmer conditions today helped in assisting the sperm whale out of Temma Harbour.