Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Public health in NSW alpine resorts

NPWS's responsibility includes administering and regulating aspects of public health in alpine resorts.

Public health activities managed by NPWS include:

  • regulation of food safety in Kosciuszko National Park
  • regulation of drinking water quality in Kosciuszko National Park
  • development of public health plans for the alpine resorts
  • microbial control (Legionella)
  • disaster management
  • contributing to planning decisions where public health concerns may be relevant e.g. large gatherings for music festivals
  • conducting food education refresher sessions
  • regulation of spa and swimming pool quality and conducting education sessions
  • ensuring appropriate accommodation conditions
  • disease vector control
  • pest 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: drinking water quality; bed bugs and head lice; disease vector control; managing wastewater; and recreational water quality including swimming pools and spas. If you would like to know more about environmental health issue management,see the NSW Health Department's environmental health webpage for useful free information.

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of food safety in maintaining quality of life. NPWS monitors food safety within Kosciuszko National Park and ensures park visitors can be confident any foods they purchase are from premises maintained according to the Food Safety Standards as required by the Food Act 2003. Food safety standards can be downloaded free from the Safe Food Australia website.

All owners of food businesses within NSW are required to notify the NSW Food Authority. Notification online is a simple procedure that takes about 10 minutes to complete on the NSW Food Authority’s notification and food safety information system website.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015