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Poignant sculptures represent ‘herstory’ of convict women

Story by on Oct 30, 2017 in Heritage Tasmania, News | Comments Off on Poignant sculptures represent ‘herstory’ of convict women

Poignant sculptures represent ‘herstory’ of convict women

Australia’s past has been almost exclusively represented as history, with only scant regard for the other side of the same coin, herstory. However, urban designer Carole Edwards, Emeritus Professor of English Lucy Frost, cultural heritage consultant Jo Lyngcoln and local businessman John Kelly have now given a voice to the thousands of convict women and children who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land. This dynamic group has instigated and curated Footsteps towards Freedom, an artistic cultural initiative that tells herstory in...

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Input invited for the future management of Tasmania’s inland recreational fishery.

Story by on Oct 30, 2017 in DPIPWE, Inland Fisheries Service, News | Comments Off on Input invited for the future management of Tasmania’s inland recreational fishery.

Input invited for the future management of Tasmania’s inland recreational fishery.

The Inland Fisheries Service has invited public input into a draft plan that shapes the future management of Tasmania’s inland recreational fishery. The Draft Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28 released this week incorporates community, business and stakeholder feedback from proposals outlined in the Issues Paper: Proposals for the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28. The Draft 2018-28 Plan is open for public comment until Monday 18 December 2017. Submissions can be emailed...

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Captive bred OBP girls a hit with the wild boys

Story by on Oct 30, 2017 in DPIPWE, Natural and Cultural Heritage, News, Parks and Wildlife Service | Comments Off on Captive bred OBP girls a hit with the wild boys

Captive bred OBP girls a hit with the wild boys

Eleven male Orange-bellied parrots that have returned to the Melaleuca breeding grounds now have some female companions. The wild males responded very positively to the hatch being opened on the pre-release aviary where seven females​ from the first captive-release group were being held. Two further releases of captive-bred birds are scheduled for the next few weeks. The makeup of these groups will be informed by any further wild OBP arrivals at Melaleuca. The females were transported from Zoos Victoria facilities and will address the...

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New ferry a boon for Maria Island

Story by on Oct 30, 2017 in DPIPWE, Maria Island, News, Parks and Wildlife Service | Comments Off on New ferry a boon for Maria Island

New ferry a boon for Maria Island

Encounter Maria Island’s new ferry Osprey V will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State’s best tourism attractions. Maria Island is one of the jewels in Tasmania’s crown of stunning natural locations, and the new vessel is a great result that will secure its growing reputation as a must-see East Coast tourism destination. Osprey V can take up to 152 passengers, which is over 60 per cent more than the current vessel, and boasts modern facilities including food, drink and a licensed bar. There has also been $1.8...

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Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Story by on Sep 20, 2016 in Biosecurity Tasmania, News | Comments Off on Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Biosecurity Tasmania is in the process of declaring new weed species in Tasmania. Many of these species are from the Erica plant genus. Erica is a genus of just over 800 species, mostly from South Africa (about 85 per cent), but also from the Mediterranean, Macaronesia and Europe. They are often referred to as heaths. Erica species are evergreen shrubs and sometimes small trees. They don’t occur naturally in Australia, but with their attractive flowers, have been introduced here almost exclusively as garden plants. Being hardy in infertile...

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The ancient candy heart of a new Tasmanian delicacy

Story by on Apr 28, 2015 in DPIPWE, Marine Fisheries, News | Comments Off on The ancient candy heart of a new Tasmanian delicacy

The ancient candy heart of a new Tasmanian delicacy

Tasmanian seafood company Candy Ab has found the secret to creating a product to rival Japanese Kippin, dried abalone that has been used as currency for centuries in parts of China and for which collectors have paid as much as $165 a gram. And with the 2011 tsunami effectively wiping out the Japanese industry for the foreseeable future, Candy Ab is gearing up to take the Chinese market by storm and become a world leader. “Our focus is to be the preferred supplier of dried Abalone the world over,” says Candy Ab director Mike Vecchinone. “Our...

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The devil is now Tasmania’s official faunal emblem

Story by on Feb 6, 2015 in DPIPWE, News, Resource Management and Conservation, Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The devil is now Tasmania’s official faunal emblem

The devil is now Tasmania’s official faunal emblem

The Tasmanian Devil has been officially declared the State’s animal emblem after being proclaimed by Her Excellency the Governor Kate Warner at a special Executive Council meeting held recently. The Government  considered all of the public submissions received through the consultation period with the Tasmanian Devil receiving overwhelming public support. Declaring a formal animal emblem for Tasmania for the first time provides an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and promote our unique native fauna, particularly the Tasmanian Devil. It also...

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The king of honeys is purely Tasmanian

Story by on Dec 17, 2014 in DPIPWE, News | Comments Off on The king of honeys is purely Tasmanian

The king of honeys is purely Tasmanian

The lovely snow-white leatherwood flower provides the raw material for one of the island’s most wonderful indigenous products, leatherwood honey.   The majestic leatherwood tree (Eucryphia lucida), a species 65 million years old, only grows on this island, and only in relatively small, naturally selected pockets of native forest in the wild west. Its hardly surprising that the unique, delicious honey it yields is considered by many experts the world’s best. The leatherwood’s environment boasts the cleanest air and water in the world, and...

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Buy National Park passes online

Story by on Dec 9, 2014 in News, Parks and Wildlife Service | Comments Off on Buy National Park passes online

Buy National Park passes online

Visitors and Tasmanians alike are now able to purchase their national park passes online, at anytime. A new web portal from the PWS homepage will guide visitors to the easy purchase of the full range of park passes. Intending visitors will be able to use their mobile devices while travelling around the State or on their computer or mobile device before they holiday to purchase a parks pass. The revenue generated from your fees is retained by the PWS to reinvest in the maintenance and enhancement of visitor facilities and services like the...

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Derwent on the mend

Story by on Nov 13, 2014 in Environment Protection Authority, News | Comments Off on Derwent on the mend

Derwent on the mend

  T he Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) recently welcomed the signing of the third Derwent Estuary Program Partnership Agreement, with interest growing in conserving and enjoying the Derwent’s natural features as the condition of the estuary improves.   A regional partnership between the Tasmanian State Government, local governments, commercial and industrial enterprises, and community-based groups and scientists, the DEP was established in 1999 to restore and promote our estuary. Since 1999 more than $150 million has been spent...

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