Biosecurity and accessing your property
TasNetworks recognises that biosecurity is a significant issue for our customers. As part of any work undertaken, we aim to comply with all requirements under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019 and the Charter for Working on Private Farm Land.
Why is biosecurity important?
Weeds, pests and disease pose a significant risk to Tasmania’s environment, economy and community. Introduced invasive species can damage and kill crops and livestock, outcompete local native species, reducing biodiversity, agricultural production and the value of our special places. While much of Tasmania is relatively weed and disease free, increasing interstate travel and importation of goods and services means all Tasmanians must remain vigilant against biosecurity threats.
What are we doing about biosecurity?
TasNetworks Biosecurity Standard sets out our high-level requirements needed to manage biosecurity risks posed by our operations. In particular, the standard covers the new Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019 which establishes two significant new legal obligations for all Tasmanian’s:
A General Biosecurity Duty (which requires anyone dealing with biosecurity issues to take reasonable, practical action to reduce risk when dealing with biosecurity matter) and;
A requirement to report significant biosecurity events. Examples can include fruit fly identified on local produce, observing a fox anywhere in Tasmania, or noticing a declared or priority weed in an undisturbed location in the Wilderness World Heritage area.
Our Strategic Weed Management Program
TasNetworks is supporting collaborative weed management projects which aim to control and eradicate high priority weeds in high-value locations within TasNetworks easements.
While land owners are primarily responsible for managing declared weeds on their property, TasNetworks can contribute to work within our easements where that work meets certain criteria. You can request support for weed management by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online form below.
Reducing biosecurity risks on your property
Your retailer is now providing the option to upgrade your existing meter to an advanced meter which can be remotely read. This would reduce the number on times TasNetworks would need to access your property which could minimise the risk of weeds, pests and disease inadvertently being spread on your property. To discuss advanced meter options, contact your energy retailer.
Its also important to report biosecurity hazards or biosecurity plans for your property. Let us know by emailing us at email@example.com or using the online form below.
Request weed management support
Please include the following in your request:
- The type of weed/s located in the easement
- Is the work part of a broader collaborative effort/project in the area? Provide details.
- Is the work in or near a high-value location? (i.e. reserve or agricultural land) Provide details.
- Description of the project, relevant images or documents:
Report a biosecurity hazard or biosecurity plan for your property
Please include the following in your report:
- Description and images of the biosecurity issue and type of weed/pest/disease.
- Property location details: address, closest Pole ID (if known), coordinates (if known).
- Attach your plan and any other required actions.