South West forests will get more protection, through the Turnbull Government’s five year strategy to stop exotic pests that could threaten our forests.
Member for Forrest said the $896,500 in seed funding for the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy 2018–2023 announced coincided with the International Day of Forests.
“We are targeting exotic pests that have the potential to devastate natural and plantation forest ecosystems, putting at risk forests, wine and other horticulture industries and associated jobs,” Mrs Marino said.
“Top of our most wanted plant pest list is Xylella fastidiosa but we also have Gypsy moth and pinewood wilt nematode in our crosshairs,” Mrs Marino said.
“Australia’s forest industry employs around 67,000 people and generated $23.7 billion of income in 2015–16. Tens of thousands more are employed in horticulture.”
The program will be overseen by a National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Group, headed by a National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Coordinator, who will work out of Bunbury, Western Australia; liaising with industry, state governments and other forest industry stakeholders.
To view the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy 2018–23, visit planthealthaustralia.com.au.