Private Land Use Guidelines

The Club is careful to maintain good relations with landowners of private land. Only enter a property on the Club’s behalf after you have obtained permission.

  1. Decide the route(s) you would like to use and the date(s).
  2. Contact the landowner (or official designate) and ask for permission in advance. Owner details are held by club custodians of the Landowners Liaison Book – see the back of the Circular. If the landowner is not listed, obtain and advise landowner details to the custodian.
  3. Private landowners are covered for public liability resulting from Club activities. The Treasurer can provide a copy of the certificate of currency for Public Liability Insurance cover for official HWC walks.
  4. Discuss with the Owner your plans for parking, route, timing, and party numbers for owner approval. Ask the Owner about any “no-go” areas and times, “do’s and don’ts” and their expectations regarding animals. Thank the owner for allowing us to traverse their property. If the trip is cancelled, tell the owner as soon as possible.
  5. In general:
  • Leave gates and fences as found unless otherwise instructed by the owner.
  • Avoid damaging property, especially fences and gates.
  • Do not block accesses with vehicles or packs.
  • Avoid animals or approach them slowly so as to prevent panic, stampede or injury.
  • Do not walk through crops.
  • Avoid impinging on the privacy of landowners and staff, and keep clear of buildings.
  • Keep away from potentially dangerous machinery, spraying, tree felling, 4WD bike runs and active shooting areas.
  • Do not bathe or swim in likely drinking water.
  • If a fire is allowed, ensure it is completely extinguished and tidy before leaving.
  • If camping or using facilities, ensure all is at least as clean and tidy as found. Switch off power, gas, and water, and cover wood as required.
  • Do not leave any rubbish – remember ‘If you can carry it in, you can carry it out’
  1. Immediately after the trip, ensure that gates are left as found (open or closed) or as directed by the owner. Advise the owner of any damage, fence problems or sick or escaped stock. Return any keys and pay any agreed fees promptly. If the owner would like a chat, allow time for this.
  2. After the trip send a thank you letter or arrange for one to be sent to the landowner by the Trips Data Officer. Report any incidents to the Trips Secretary and Executive as soon as possible. Fill out the Trip Report and send it to the Trips Data Officer.

Grasstree Hill, Tasmania.