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Fire advice for the February long weekend

07/02/2014

Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.More

Maria Island ferry operator sought

07/02/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling for expressions of interest for a single passenger ferry operator for Maria Island National Park.More

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

03/02/2014

A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.More

Motor vehicles on beaches and state owned land

23/01/2014

Tasmania Police and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have recently received an increase in complaints relating to the operation of vehicles on beaches throughout the north of the state.

"The complaints are in relation to the operation of vehicles on reserved land consisting of beaches and coastal areas throughout the state," said PWS compliance officer Michael Spaulding.

"Foreshore areas are particularly vulnerable to four wheel drives, all-terrain vehicles and motor cycles that are operated in areas clearly marked as prohibited. The enforcement of these regulations is particularly important in protecting the values of the reserved land estate in terms of the limiting impact on flora, fauna and geological values as well as preventing erosion in fragile coastal areas and impacting on Aboriginal heritage," Mr Spaulding said.

All operators must stay to formed roads in all public coastal areas with the exception of those dedicated to recreational vehicle use.

These areas can found in publications listed on the Parks and Wildlife Service’s internet site: (www.parks.tas.gov.au) including Ride Around Tasmania, Cruisin without Bruisin’ and Policy for the Use of Recreational Vehicles on State Owned Lands.

"Tasmania Police has also received complaints about vehicles being operated in a manner that causes excessive noise close to residential areas. There have also been complaints received in relation to vehicles being operated without licences or registration," said Inspector John King.

"Anyone operating vehicles on state owned land open to the public (including beaches and reserves) needs to have a current licences and registration.

"Parents should also be aware that under certain circumstances they may be proceeded against for allowing children to operate vehicles without licenses and registration in public areas," he said.

Tasmania Police and Parks and Wildlife Service personnel will be conducting joint operations over the summer period to ensure compliance with current legislation.