Environment, Projects

Keeping creatures (and wild places) safe this Summer

Dr Magali Wright has been at it again. Today she had a chat about biosecurity with a flight business ParAvion who flies into Tasmania’s remote places, including Melaleuca .

ParAvion, who runs wilderness tours from its base at Cambridge in Southern Tasmania, embraced the messages about protecting our great tourism spots from pests and disease.

Dr Wright ran through the biosecurity threats and talked through the steps that people can take to help protect the amazing, wild places like the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

ParAvion runs regular flights to Tasmania’s south west, flying into Melaleuca (as well as other spots) and servicing both the bushwalking and regular tourist market.

Dr Wright spoke with pilots and ground staff and talked through the boot wash down procedures and the sorts of things that visitors might ask pilots about threats to the area.

Interestingly human activities like walking, driving and boating are the main ways pests and pathogens are moved from one area to another through infected water, mud and plant material.

Once a pest or pathogen is present in an area it’s usually impossible to eradicate – therefore prevention is essential. The simple act of keeping gear clean will prevent the spread of all kinds of weeds, pests and pathogens.

Melaleuca is a particularly important place to ensure the spread of pests and pathogens is minimised.

Melaleuca is free of the deadly chytrid frog fungus and is one of the few places with relatively high visitation where it is possible to restrict the spread of this pathogen as visitors can only access by foot, plane or boat.

For more information, see the online biosecurity guide at www.nrmsouth.org.au, or visit www.youtube.com/nrmsouth. For flight information go to www.paravion.com.au.


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