A Biosecurity Strategy for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is under development. We hope that it will direct some much needed attention and resources onto biosecurity, which has been seriously neglected in recent years. A strategy, no matter how comprehensive, is of very limited use without adequate resources for implementation of all its research, education and compliance components.

The draft strategy has an emphasis on proactive management; i.e. ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is particularly welcome given the emphasis in the 2016 TWWHA Management Plan on the reactive use of Biosecurity Overlays to impose restrictions in order to manage threats.

But we can all do our bit. This independently-produced video (click here) is an introduction to the pests and pathogens that threaten the TWWHA and other remote places in Tasmania and outlines what visitors can do to reduce the risk of these organisms spreading. One dirty boot, tent peg or kayak can cause radical change to this pristine place.

Photo: DPIPWE 2010

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.