01 Jun
WA at threat from dieback infection

WA at threat from dieback infection

Phytophthora dieback poses a critical danger to Western Australia’s biodiversity.

It threatens over 40% of our native plant species, in particular the south-west, and has already infected 80% of plant life in the Stirling Range National Park. This infection is difficult to identify and spreads easily through the movement of soil attached to footwear and vehicles.

Without immediate action, our rare bushland species could be wiped out.

Take early action

While there’s no cure for Phytophthora dieback yet, there are treatments and preventative measures available to stop the spread.

Phosphite solution can increase the plant’s natural defences against infection, and boosts the chances of uninfected plants to survive in infected areas. Our Environmental team is now fully qualified and equipped with an off-label permit to use the phosphite solution from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

We’ve built up a portfolio of infected nature reserves that we’ve managed and treated for the City of Cockburn. For each of the affected reserves, we:

  • Identify and map infected zones and nearby areas
  • Collect samples to be tested at the Centre for Phytophthora Science & Management (CPSM)
  • Treat infected and nearby areas using phosphite solution
  • Rehabilitate degraded plants by relocating them
  • Complete progress reports and maps to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)’s standards

Get ahead today

It is critical that we protect our wildlife from Phytophthora dieback through early prevention. This is the only way to guarantee the survival of WA’s most unique plant species.

Luckily, our team can provide training for the correct management of future infection. This involves knowledge about the nature of the infection and strict hygiene measures to stop contamination.

Get in contact with our Environmental team today – email or call Alex Growden at (08) 9375 4950.