Local governments within RMZ areas are required to play a role in reducing EHB spread and infestation through compliance with restrictions under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006.
Negotiations have been ongoing to ensure local governments are complying with these regulations. Local governments have also been encouraged to undertake EHB risk assessments, to identify untreated pinewood handling and related work practices, and to make changes to minimise EHB spread and infestation.
Specifically, EHB officers have been liaising with building, waste services and parks/gardens supervisors within RMZ-based local Councils to assess issues such as:
- movement of untreated pinewood in and out of RMZ areas
- clearing of dead pine tree branches and pinewood waste from Council parklands and landholdings
- destruction of pine waste.
The Department of Agriculture and Food is undertaking consultation with stakeholders to discuss the impact and management strategies.
Most importantly, the transition will require increased support from industry, government and communities in carrying out EHB surveillance, and embracing future containment.
The EHB Program focus is:
- extension and improvement of current EHB training for pest controllers
- development of a national communication strategy for EHB education and awareness
- continued State communication activities to ensure uptake of risk minimisation strategies
- implementation of interstate quarantine regulations for the movement of EHB host materials from WA.