SAFETY ALERT: Dog Bite Prevention

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, April 01, 2018

Do you or your volunteers:

- Come into contact with unknown dogs?

- Enter landholder properties?

- Undertake work on parks, reserves or beaches?

If so, there is an increased risk of being bitten by a dog.

SAFETY BULLETIN: Dog Bite Prevention SAFETY BULLETIN: Dog Bite Prevention (203 KB)

SAFE DRIVING : The importance of Communication

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, March 23, 2018

Whenever you use a motor vehicle to facilitate your work you are required to follow DEWNR procedures.

Do you understand the various procedures well enough to differentiate what is required of you under different circumstances?

Can you explain to someone else what communications are necessary when travelling on a day of heightened fire danger?

How about when going to work in a remote or isolated area?

Working alone?

SAFETY BULLETIN: Safe Driving - The importance of Communication SAFETY BULLETIN: Safe Driving - The importance of Communication (266 KB)

SAFETY ALERT: Ford Ranger exhaust system

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, December 23, 2017


Ford Motor Company of Australia advise “that when driven over long grass affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system of these vehicles. The exhaust system in that area may reach a high temperature. If sufficient grass or other combustible material has accumulated, they may be ignited by the exhaust system, causing smoke or flames to appear from under the vehicle.”

Details of the related safety recall can be found here.

While a known risk in our operations can drivers pay particular attention to this hazard when using Ford Ranger vehicles (post July 2016 models) and avoid driving them in areas of long grass given the elevated risk.

Managers and drivers are to implement checks of the exhaust systems (particularly the area surrounding the Diesel particulate filters) of vehicles to ensure that debris has not accumulated in the manner described above.

16 Ranger vehicles affected by this safety recall have been identified and the Managers of these vehicles have received an email to advise them of the process to have remedial works undertaken by the Ford Motor Company.

Driving in Long grass in these vehicles must be avoided until this problem has been rectified.

Please ensure this Hazard Alert is distributed to all worksites.

Prepared by: Peter Bercys Snr Safety Projects Officer
Issued by: Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit
Approved by: Grant Pelton, Chair DEWNR H&S Subcommittee of Executive
Date Issued: December 2017
Remove from Notice Boards: March 2018

SAFETY ALERT: Loss of vehicle control – loose, damaged and broken wheel studs and nuts

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

The last few months have seen a number of incidents where DEWNR employees have been put at risk due to the failure of wheel studs or nuts on the vehicles they were driving.

In a number of instances the wheel assembly has separated from the axle and resulted in a serious loss of control and the vehicle leaving the road.

SAFETY ALERT: Loss of vehicle control – loose, damaged and broken wheel studs and nuts SAFETY ALERT: Loss of vehicle control – loose, damaged and broken wheel studs and nuts (486 KB)

ANIMAL PEST ALERT: Red-whiskered Bulbul

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

UPDATE - September 2017

We are coming into breeding season again for the red-whiskered bulbul, and thought it might be good to contact our communities again, asking for them to keep a look out for the bird given they are more vocal and more active at this time. I have largely contacted all those listed in the communications plan of the original project plan from last year.

Are you able to forward the email below to your ‘Friends of’ groups or any other parties/groups that may be relevant? I will send hard copies to the Natural Resource Centres at Black Hill, Woodside, Mount Pleasant and Adelaide Hills.

Hi all

You may recall that red-whiskered bulbuls were detected in South Australia last year. As you know, these south-east Asian birds feed on and damage soft fruit, spread weeds and compete with our native bird species. They are known to be serious pests in many countries throughout the world, and there are established populations in New South Wales and Victoria.

Biosecurity SA enacted an incursion response in mid-2016, and by the end of 2016 the number of wild birds had been substantially reduced. However, as we cannot be sure that no birds continue to persist in the wild, we ask for your assistance again. The breeding season for the red-whiskered bulbul is about to commence. During this time, the birds are more active and more obvious.

The best way to prevent their establishment in South Australia is to act quickly.

I have attached a Pest Alert Fact Sheet that was developed last year – it has the contact details for the Pest Alert Hotline. Unfortunately the link is no longer available, but the footage can now be found at Could you please forward this to your members, post on your notice boards, include in your newsletters, or distribute by whatever means works best within your organisation? If you would like hard copies of the fact sheet, please contact me and I will send some by post.

I thank you in advance for assisting us in keeping this pest bird species out of South Australia.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lindell Andrews | Biosecurity Officer, Pest Animals

Division | Primary Industries and Regions SA - PIRSA

Government of South Australia | CSIRO Building 1, Entry 4, Waite Rd Urrbrae

GPO Box 1671 Adelaide SA 5001 | DX 66710

P: +61 8 8429 0831 | M: + 61 438 351 002

I am working on a project for Biosecurity SA (in partnership with AMLR NRM) trying to eradicate feral Red Whiskered Bulbuls (birds) that have been showing up in the hills. Part of this process is community engagement so that the community is aware of the issue and can cooperate with the program by reporting sightings.

They have been sighted in the vicinity of Houghton/Inglewood, Cudlee Creek and Mt Torrens. We would appreciate assistance from groups and members from these areas: Lobethal Bushland Park, Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Charleston Conservation Park, and Cromer Conservation Park.

I have included a link to our web page that has a bunch of information about the pest and our response. I have also attached a pdf version of the flier that we are distributing. It would be great if you could pass on this link and encourage the groups to circulate to their members.


Tom Kloeden| Environmental Consultant | Rural Solutions SA
Primary Industries and Regions SA - PIRSA | Government of South Australia
PO Box 469, Murray Bridge SA 5253

P:1800 084 881 | E:

PIRSA has elevated the removal program for Red-whiskered bulbuls (RWBB) in the Adelaide Hills to an emergency response under the SA Weed and Pest Animal Incursion Plan. Biosecurity SA and Rural Solutions SA are now taking the lead on a detection survey, ground shooting, communications, community engagement and associated project management (see the attached project plan and draft communications action plan for more details).

This change shifts DEWNR’s roles and responsibilities to:
  • NR AMLR engaging with known bird breeders in the Adelaide Hills and neighbouring areas to investigate the possibility of RWBB being kept by breeders/fanciers as the source of the current incursion.
  • DEWNR communicating the legal status of RWBB in SA to bird breeders/fanciers and offering an amnesty for surrender. Seizing birds not voluntarily surrendered.
  • NR AMLR and NR SAMDB assisting with community engagement efforts where required and displaying fact sheets at Natural Resources Centres.
  • DEWNR continuing to support the dissemination of key messages to Friends of Parks groups.
  • NR AMLR continuing to support PIRSA with the development and approval of media releases when required.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Michaela Heinson
A/Manager Land, Marine and Biodiversity
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges
M 0428 940 725




FYI last week (Feb 2016) PIRSA Biosecurity received confirmation of the presence of 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul birds in Houghton, the first sighting since 1993.

Follows a link to the fact sheet for further information about this pest species…


If you happen to see a Red-whiskered Bulbul, it’s important that your sighting is reported to the National Pest Alert Hotline: 1800 084 881

To help spread the word, please forward this information onto your networks.

Catherine Austin

District Officer – Lower Torrens

Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Region
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources | South Australian Government


P: (08) 8336 0989

M: 0418 810 086

A: 115 Maryvale Road, ATHELSTONE SA 5076


WEED: Lachenalia alioides (soldiers)

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hi NRM community 

Thank you for the email. This looks like the introduced plant Lachenalia aloides, commonly called soldiers.

This is a plant species with few collections (only 11) from South Australia, most from ALMR, one from KI, and one near Mount Gambier see:

Check out this website as it has some good images of the plant, and is a great web site for bulbs in general, worth ‘adding to favourites’.

It does look like it could be a problem (that’s my feeling), and is regarded by some as a sleeper weed. For further information on this as an ‘Alert weed’ and this includes limited control methods, etc. See:

& for chemical control, see:

& general basic info (no control info):

I would dearly love a collection, from all locations / populations you find. If anyone else finds this, a collection would be great! Please find the attached collection sheet to include with your collection. Please dig up the bulb and you can cut this open to help with drying. Please include all the leaves and flower if you can. I’ll need a specimen to add the records to the dataset, an email and photos don’t make it on, so sorry.

I’ll try and spread the word about this. Perhaps you could spread the word in the wider NRM / bush care community? It’s you guys out and about, killing nasties that can jump on it and stop this potential new weed from spreading.

And NO you are not a pain, I really appreciate your email and I’m always here to help with the identification of weeds.

Please contact me any time! However, I will be away on annual leave for most of September and early Oct, so you may not hear from me during that period.

However, Chelsea (CC ed in here) will be available to answer questions or push emails through to others that can help when she is about, ( I hope, Thanks in advance Chelsea).

Kind regards

Chris Brodie
Weeds Botanist

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Ph (08) 8222 9468 | M 0437 825 685

Quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Parks and Regions Group – Safety Bulletin

A new procedure was developed in 2016 governing the use of quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles (LUVs)

SAFETY BULLETIN: Quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles SAFETY BULLETIN: Quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles (450 KB)

Mosquito Spread (arboviral) Diseases

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 09, 2016

Following the recent sustained wet weather and high river levels, an increased number of mosquitoes has been noted in the region.

In addition, the recent storms left a lot of debris that allowed water to collect, which has created a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

There are a number of mosquito-borne disease that are well established in SA and for which we should be taking preventive measures.

It is always best to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, by following the strategy of ‘Exclusion, Restriction and Destruction’ similar to ‘Slip, Slop and Slap’ for sun protection.

The strategies used to reduce this risk can include the following ...

Download to read more

DEWNR WHS - Mosquitoes DEWNR WHS - Mosquitoes (186 KB)

SAFETY ALERT: Vehicle recovery using ‘Snatch straps’

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Recently a DEWNR employee attempted to recover a bogged contractor vehicle using two snatch straps joined with a shackle. The weight of vehicles involved (a DEWNR 4WD truck and the contractor’s semi-trailer) exceeded the rated capacity for the snatch straps and as a result a strap broke and the shackle recoiled into the DEWNR vehicle breaking the towing hitch.

The breaking and uncontrolled recoil of a snatch strap and shackle is a very dangerous occurrence with the potential to cause serious injury or even death to members of the recovery team.

Key factors in this instance were the use of snatch straps of insufficient rating for the task at hand and the use of a shackle to join the two snatch straps.

Forthwith, staff and managers must adhere to the following requirements when undertaking vehicle recovery using snatch straps.

1. The snatch straps minimum breaking strength must be at least double the gross vehicle mass (GVM) of the lighter of the two vehicles (plus its load) used in the recovery.

2. A recoil damper must be used in conjunction with the strap. All recovery equipment must be of a known and sufficient rating or strength for the intended recovery.

3. Snatch straps must only be joined by looping together. Under no circumstances are any other devices such as shackles or similar to be used. Only snatch straps can be used together to increase length.

4. Only the manufacturer’s recognised hitching points are to be used (ensure you identify these prior to driving your vehicle). Under no circumstance should any other attachment be used e.g. Tow ball, roo bars etc.

5. Bystanders must be at a safe distance, approximately 1.5 to 2 times the length of an unstretched snatch strap, from the vehicles.

6. Prior to any attempt, staff must be trained and competent in vehicle recovery practices.

While helping others to recover their vehicle(s) staff must not place DEWNR assets, staff, contractors and/or members of the public in jeopardy. Staff should be familiar with any relevant risk assessment and safe work practices, and apply a dynamic risk assessment approach.

If correctly rated and suitable equipment is not available, staff are not to attempt recovery of a vehicle. Under no circumstance should safety be compromised.

DEWNR Contractors should be aware of the foreseeable hazards associated with their work prior to entering into a contract and be able to satisfy DENWR that they have a reasonable capacity to control them. In this case they should carry appropriate equipment to recover their vehicles.

A generic Vehicle Recovery Risk Assessment is available (through DEWNR) but all business units with local procedures or risk assessments are requested to consider this advice and amend any non compliances.

Should you have any questions please contact the Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Prepared by:Peter Bercys,
Snr Safety Projects Officer,
Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Authorised by:
David Wearing,
Manager Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Date Issued: November 2016

Remove from Notice Boards: January 2017


WEED: Buffel Grass - Cenchrus Ciliaris

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, September 02, 2016

Please find the attached flyer and registration form for the upcoming buffel grass project forum to be held on the 25th and 26th of October 2016 in Adelaide. If you could please post this on your friends of parks website with the other buffel grass content that would be greatly appreciated. Please also feel free to distribute to any other networks that may be interested in attending.

The target audience for the forum is local councils, regional NRM authorities, conservation/volunteer organisations, pastoralists and indigenous ranger groups as well as the mining/transportation industries. I’m planning to have a variety of speakers primarily from SA although also have representatives from WA, NT, Vic and QLD. Topics will include a detailed summary of my project (i.e. Herbicide trials, roadside surveys, criteria based prioritisation tool, strategic response activities etc.) in addition to a number of control case studies and speakers on the impacts on ecology, fire regimes and the use of various herbicides for the control of buffel grass.

The forum is free of charge and will be held at the Plant Research Centre, University of Adelaide Campus , Hartley Grove, Urrbrae South Australia. Refreshments will be provided on the day and there will be a dinner on the first night to provide an opportunity for further networking (at the expense of attendees).

Kind Regards - Troy Bowman

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Buffel Grass Forum Buffel Grass Forum (327 KB)

I am writing to provide some information regarding a weed of concern that has the potential to devastate the biodiversity of South Australia.

Buffel Grass (Cenchrus Ciliaris) has been widely recognised as one of the greatest pest threats to South Australia. It is often referred to as a transformer species meaning it has the ability to alter entire ecosystems through the alteration of fire regimes and through competition with native flora and fauna.

In recognition of its social and environmental impacts, buffel grass has been declared as a weed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. The act restricts the sale and movement of buffel grass or contaminated material as well as outlining responsibilities of landholders and members of the public.

Please find the attached Federal Government Threat Abatement Advice and fact sheets on the identification, control and vehicle hygiene associated with buffel grass FYI.

Please also find the link below to our buffel grass webpage which contains further information about the distribution of buffel grass in SA, our strategic plan and actions that have been taken to manage this weed throughout South Australia.

I would appreciate if you could forward this information through you networks and encourage the reporting (to your local Natural Resources Region) and control (through volunteer activities) of buffel grass infestations to prevent the devastation of our parks and the biodiversity of SA.

Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information.

Kind Regards

Troy Bowman| Buffel Grass Operations Coordinator | Biosecurity SA
Primary Industries and Regions SA - PIRSA | Government of South Australia
Building 1 Soil & Water Environs, Entry 4, Waite Rd, Urrbrae SA | GPO Box 1671, Adelaide SA 5001 | DX 66710
P:(08) 8303 9748 | M:0427016137 | E:| |


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