Perch to see penguins

Penguin viewing at its best: Parks and Wildlife Service north west manager Nic Deka with Liberal Member for Braddon Adam Brooks on the new platform, opened on November 7.

Opening. Stanley’s new viewing platform is ready for use.

The Parks and Wildlife Service project aims to reduce impacts on penguins by protecting nesting habitat while providing a better experience for visitors to the site.

“Experiences for viewing native wildlife in their natural habitat are a key part of Tasmania’s tourism appeal,” says Adam Brooks, Liberal Member for Braddon.

“The raised platform, which is suitable for wheelchair access, will provide an incredible viewing experience on the foreshore, immediately below the Nut.”

Students from Stanley Primary School have contributed to the project by constructing penguin nest boxes, to be placed on site. This work was done as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service’s WildSC’OOL initiative, which encourages a partnership between students and rangers to contribute to local parks and reserves.

The $300,000 penguin viewing platform project was funded by the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks Future-Proofing our Icons initiative and is part of a range of improvements at the site. Construction of the platform was undertaken by Don company, AJR Construct.

Further works to be completed at the Nut State Reserve include the installation of environmental lighting on the penguin viewing platform, improved circulation and parking for vehicles and upgraded infrastructure including new toilets and signage.

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