Citrus canker is a contagious disease that affects all citrus plants such as lime, lemon, citron, mandarin, orange, grapefruit and cumquat. The removal of host plants is necessary under the national response plan to stop citrus canker, which has been detected in the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.
What areas of Kununurra and Wyndham had citrus trees removed?
As part of the Citrus Canker National Response Program 2018, all citrus canker host plants within a 600m radius of where the disease was detected (Restricted Area) were removed. Citrus trees located in the surrounding area (Control Area) were not removed.
I live in the Restricted Area and had citrus trees removed. What happens next?
Officers from DPIRD will be conducting follow-up visits to all properties that had trees removed to:
- inspect stumps and areas where plants were removed to make sure no host plants have regrown
- ensure there has been no reintroduction of citrus host species.
A DPIRD officer will contact you to organise the first follow-up visit, which will occur no less than four weeks after the removal of your plants, as well as a second visit.
When all surveillance is complete, any identification infrastructure, such as stump caps, will be removed.