Nature conservation

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Public health in NSW alpine resorts

Find out how we help manage risks to public health and safety in NSW alpine resorts.

Responsibilities of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in NSW alpine resorts include administering and regulating aspects of public and environmental health.

Public health activities managed by NPWS in Kosciuszko National Park resorts include:

  • regulating food safety
  • monitoring drinking water safety
  • conducting food education refresher sessions
  • microbial control (Legionella)
  • disease vector control (such as rodents, flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, ticks, bats and some birds)
  • pest management
  • regulating skin penetration, e.g. tattooing, body piercing
  • regulating spa and swimming pool quality and conducting education sessions
  • ensuring appropriate accommodation conditions
  • assisting NSW Health to regulate drinking water quality in Kosciuszko National Park
  • contributing to planning decisions where public health concerns may be relevant, such as large gatherings for music festivals
  • approving modifications and new work at commercial kitchens and public spas
  • disaster management.

Anything in the environment that can pose a risk to public health and safety is a potential environmental health issue.

Examples of environmental issues include:

  • poor drinking water quality
  • bed bugs and head lice
  • poor disease vector control such as rodents in food businesses
  • managing wastewater
  • recreational water quality including swimming pools and spas
  • asbestos
  • chemical and fuel spills
  • pollution incidents.

Visit the NSW Health Department's environmental health webpage for more information about environmental health issue management.

Food safety

Food safety is a key public health priority for NPWS in Kosciuszko alpine resorts. We monitor food safety within Kosciuszko National Park and ensure that any food park visitors buy are from businesses maintained according to the Food Safety Standards as required by the Food Act 2003. Visit the Safe Food Australia website to download the Food Safety Standards.

All owners of food businesses within NSW alpine resorts must notify NPWS of the details of the scope of their food service. If you are a business owner, please use the NSW Food Notification online form to tell us about food operations at your business – the form takes about 10 minutes to complete.

For more information and to download resources, refer to the NSW Food Authority fact sheets.

How to report an environmental problem

If you observe pollution, note as many details of the incident as possible, including time, date, location, descriptions of the people involved, vehicles and number plates. If it's a spill, try to note colours and odours, and the size of the spill: if it's noise, the volume and any acoustic characteristics.

If you are aware of an incident that does not pose a risk of material harm to the environment, you can report that incident to the organisation responsible for regulating pollution from that activity. Find out which organisation is responsible for the incident.


Pools and spas

Food safety

Page last updated: 24 April 2017