Pinewood Movement Restrictions
To minimise the spread of EHB in Western Australia (WA), restrictions on the movement of pinewood were implemented in 2006, and currently apply to areas where EHB occurs. By restricting the movement of pinewood from EHB infested areas, EHB has been contained to Restricted Movement Zones (RMZs) in the greater Perth metropolitan area.
The restrictions are described in the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006.
The regulations allowed for the establishment of quarantine zones, Priority Management Zones (PMZs) and RMZs, and placed restrictions not only on untreated pinewood movement from PMZs and RMZs areas, but also on the storage, disposal and treatment of untreated pinewood within these areas.
Industry, homeowners and government organisations must adhere to the regulations, or face a penalty of up to $2 000.
The regulations continue to play an important role in reducing EHB spread and infestation, and should be supported in an effort to protect WA homes.
Other regulations applicable to RMZ areas and minimising infestation are the Building Commission Advisory notes 2009/002 and 2009/004, which mandate the use of EHB non-susceptible materials in RMZs areas, such as treated pinewood.