The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) created a European wasp surveillance and eradication program in 1977 to respond to wasp incursions into the state and co-ordinate the location and eradication of nests. The department's surveillance program expanded in 2012 establishing a European wasp Working Group (EWWG) composed by Agriculture and Food staff, Local Government and other interested parties.
The EWWG plays a key role in stepping up surveillance and awareness programs in a united effort by government, industry and community to keep European wasps from establishing in WA. The EWWG is supported by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), and is coordinated by DPIRD.
The group meets during the year to investigate and implement revised control strategies, discuss options and encourage further effective partnerships. Local government and other interested parties who would like to attend meetings or join the EWWG should contact the DPIRD.
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