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New Dieback Hygiene Stations in the Park

The City of Busselton with support from CoastWest has recently installed 7 dieback hygiene stations in locations where walkers are entering dieback free areas. Walkers are encouraged to stop and clean their boots to remove any soil which may contain dieback spores to prevent the spread of dieback in the Park. The dieback hygiene stations will be the first in Meelup Regional Park.

Other dieback management measures recently implemented include limestone sheeting of trails, phosphite foliar spraying and community Dieback Green Card training.  

Phytophthora dieback is an introduced disease that is a major threat to the diversity of south-west WA. It kills up to 40% of all native plants, including iconic species such as Banksia and Grass Trees. The movement of infected soil, plant material or water containing it spores, particularly under warm, moist conditions, will spread the disease into uninfected areas. To prevent the spread of the disease, it is critically important to manage human access in native vegetation areas.

A Dieback Interpretation and Mapping Report were undertaken of the Park in February 2017 resulting in the mapping of 25.5% of the Park as dieback infested, 61% uninfested (with the remaining 13.5% as unprotectable).

Dieback is a major threat to the biodiversity values of the Park and the City of Busselton/ Meelup Regional Park Management Committee have made the management of dieback a high priority.