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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.


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St Helens Mountain Bike Trails Public Meeting

Hold on to your helmets… We are ready to tell you all about the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.

Whether you are curious about the trails, have specific questions or want to know how you or your business can get involved, this information session is
for you. The session will be facilitated by Rebecca and Rob from Kingthing Marketing, the agency we have been working with to develop a strategy for
the brand as for the trails.

WHEN: Wednesday 26 June
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Tidal Waters, Ballroom

All welcome
RSVP or for information call Jayne Richardson on 6376 7900 or email:

MTB Public info session POSTER

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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