Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—
(1) Notes with alarm that Tasmania’s wombat population is being decimated by a deadly mite ‘Sarcoptic scabiei’ that causes mange, and which has wiped out 95 per cent of wombats in Naurantapu Park and other parts of Tasmania.
(2) Understands that the mange mite is an infectious condition that if left untreated, will cause a wombat to die a slow and painful death, often starved, deaf, blind and with fly-blown infections.
(3) Understands that mange is a treatable disease, and right now a community of 55 volunteers from Kelso are struggling to save the wombat population of Naurantapu by manufacturing and installing flaps made from recycled materials that drench wombats as they enter their burrows.
(4) Recognises the potential for this citizen-led wildlife rescue mission to expand around Tasmania in this fight to save the wombat and halt the agonising deaths of these beautiful animals.
(5) Calls on the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon. Matthew Groom MP to respond immediately to fund the work of volunteer first-aid groups; to research treatments for use by landowners, vets and volunteers; and to fund UTAS and the Parks and Wildlife Service to understand the state-wide wombat population impact.