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Barmah Forest Virus – East Coast Tasmania

Tasmanians living on or planning to visit the East Coast are reminded to protect themselves against mosquitoes following further cases of Barmah Forest virus.

There have now been five confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, with a further two cases being investigated.

These cases represent the first time we have been able to confirm the virus has been contracted in Tasmania.

Many people will not get any symptoms; those who do may have joint pain and swelling, tiredness, rash (usually on the trunk or limbs), headaches, muscle pain, fever and chills.

Symptoms usually start about seven to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Most people recover completely in a few weeks. It is diagnosed with a blood test. There is no specific treatment available so prevention is important.

Preventing insect bites will also protect against other mosquito-borne diseases, such as Ross River virus, and tick-borne diseases, such as Flinders Island spotted fever.

To protect against mosquitoes and ticks:

  • ​Avoid mosquito-infested areas, where possible.
  • ​Cover-up with a loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and long pants when outside.
  • ​Put mosquito repellent containing either DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
  • ​Take special care during peak mosquito biting hours, especially around dawn and dusk, and when outdoors or camping.
  • ​Remove potential mosquito breeding sites from around the home and screen windows and doors.

If you think you may have symptoms of Barmah Forest virus see your GP. For further information call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

For more information check out the fact sheet here.


Public Notice from TasWater

CAR PARK CLOSURE – Boat ramp car park,  Marine Parade, St Helens

Please be advised that the boat ramp car park at Marine Parade, St Helens will be blocked for parking access from the morning of Tuesday 19 February until Friday 22 February 2019. This is to enable TasWater contractors to reseal the car park surface.
For more information call 13 6992

Australia Day Award Winners

To learn more about our Australia Day Winners please click on the below pdf.

Australia Day Award Winners

St Marys Oval

Council advises that the St Marys Oval will be closed for sporting activities until further notice.

We will erect warning signs on the ground and tape off the entrance to inform the public.

Despite our best efforts to date and specialist assistance the condition of this ground is continuing to deteriorate.  In 2017 Council engaged a turf specialist to treat the red headed cockchafer grub infestation which developed on the St Marys oval and adjacent grounds due to dry conditions which had prevailed over the last 2 years. These conditions have also continued which unfortunately promoted the development of the pest even further.

Council’s contractor undertook pest management first in October 2017 and furthermore in October 2018. October was selected as the optimum time to treat this pest and to break the life cycle. If St Marys were to experience favourable conditions by sufficient rainfalls at the right times, the grounds would rejuvenate far quicker than it is currently happening. We are sourcing a water supply from the golf club which will assist with increasing the ground moisture.

Unfortunately we are unable to foresee when the ground will be in a suitable condition again but we believe that in its current state is not safe to be used for any sporting activity. Previously Council elected to give user groups the choice to utilise the grounds at their own risk but we have recently received legal/insurance advice against this option.

We will keep you updated on progress, the action we are taking has been our last resort.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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