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Overland Track bookings open with a rush

18/07/2017

Tasmania's iconic world-renowned bushwalks are a key driver behind the boom in visitor numbers to the state, and bookings for the Overland Track walking season have opened with a rush for the peak summer period.More

Works under way to improve safety at Bruny Island Neck

07/07/2017

Bruny Island Main Road at The Neck will soon be a safer environment for road users, visitors and wildlife, with road and car park improvements starting this week.More

Productive summer on the Overland Track

27/06/2017

The Overland Track's summer works program has seen gains in sanitation, historic heritage conservation works and track improvements.More

Phytophthora root rot

How you can help

Everyone has the potential to inadvertently spread Phytophthora root rot, even just walking on muddy tracks in the bush. So what should you do to prevent its spread and when should you do it?

As it will never be possible to record and advise the public where all Phytophthora root rot infections are, simple actions are recommended that can be applied by anyone and everywhere. These simple actions are listed below:

  • Keep your bushwalking gear clean (this reduces the chance of you spreading Phytophthora root rot, or, weeds in the bush).
  • Between walks wash your boots, gaiters etc in water with a little soap and rinse off. The dirty waste water may contain Phytophthora root rot so don't dispose of this on your garden. Instead tip it down a drain that connects to a septic tank or a sewage system as this will most likely destroy any fungus present.
  • Wash mud from your boots and gaiters where ever you come across a washdown station On some Tasmanian walking tracks there are washdown stations for bushwalkers to wash mud from their boots and gaiters. These washdown stations are well signposted, and instructions are given at the site. If you come across one please use it.
  • When you use your tent pegs, toilet trowel or anything else that is placed in the soil, wash or wipe them clean of dirt at the place they became soiled before moving on.
  • Do not dig up soil or plants from the bush (on public land you will need a permit to do this from the managing agency anyway), you may unwittingly collect Phytophthora root rot as well.
  • Keep your car or 4WD clean (this will reduce the chance of you spreading disease, or weeds, in the bush).
  • Clean your vehicle between trips. Use a high pressure hose and dont forget to clean the underside of the vehicle, wheel arches etc. Cleaning is best done at a commercial car wash or where dirty water will drain into a storm water system or a grassed area (not your garden beds).
Thankyou for your help in controlling the spread of phytophthora root rot.

Further Information

The Department of Primary Industries and Water's web site has detailed information on Phytophthora root rot.