Saturday, 30 March 2013 00:00


Check, Clean, Disinfect, Dry!


Bookend has been pleased to partner NRM South on a series of Check, Clean, Disinfect, Dry education videos to spread the message that everyone has a responsibility to clean their boots and equipment to help avoid transferring pests and diseases into our sensitive and pristine wilderness areas.


Actor John X and a range of experts from different organisations have contributed to the videos, with the overall message that it's actually quite simple to do, and the benefits for our state are enormous. The videos and additional information can be found below.





The Tasmanian wilderness is one of the most special World Heritage Areas on the planet. Just as we need to stop the spread of pests and diseases that might harm our agriculture and fisheries, we also need to stop the spread of problems that may harm our wilderness.

Soil, mud and wet fishing and outdoor equipment can all carry pests and diseases into this area, whether by foot, car, water or air. But just as these things are easy to spread, they are easy to stop provided everyone helps.

Watch the following videos to find out more about these pests and diseases and what you can do to help. The videos below introduce the problem and what we’re already doing, and the links below take you to more videos and a manual that outlines how you can help keep our wilderness special.

CHECK. CLEAN. DISINFECT. DRY. It’s that simple. 

Find out more about the risks to some of our special values – including frogs and waterways.

There are many risks that pests and diseases pose to our wilderness – from impacts on plants and animals through to devastating waterways. Here are some examples of the values we are trying to protect: Tasmania frogs and rivers.

Find out more about cleaning and moving personal equipment – including boats, fishing equipment, bushwalking gear, and watercraft.

Sabatino Cesile of Quarantine Tasmania outlines the importance of making sure that you don’t bring wet fishing or outdoor equipment into Tasmania.

Gary France of Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania demonstrates his routine for cleaning boats and fishing equipment before, during and after a fishing trip.

Bushwalking boots and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned before leaving home or moving between sites. Key entry points to wilderness areas also now include boot cleaning stations to add to (not replace) the cleaning that you do at home.

2013 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Andrew Hughes outlines the importance of cleaning, disinfecting and drying the flat surfaces, footwells, and storage compartments of watercraft. Neoprene skirts, booties and other equipment need thorough cleaning and drying between locations.

Find out more about cleaning and moving vehicles and research equipment – including cars, heavy machinery and helicopters.

Simon Gartenstein demonstrates Hydro’s Tasmania’s mobile washdown unit and how to clean a vehicle – especially on the underside.

   Simon Gartenstein discusses how to manage deep ingrained mud on heavy machinery, from cleaning the vehicle at base or at a commercial facility, through to managing runoff from the site.

Research work can take teams and equipment into very sensitive areas. Full risk assessments and cleaning should take place on equipment, transport, and clothing before starting such work, and between different areas within such work.

You’ve seen the videos, now study the detail in the manual to fine tune your own preparation for protecting our wilderness.



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Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 13:11