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    09070: Buffering priority areas by controlling the spread of dieback – Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Banksia baxteri is an endemic species being protected from the threat of dieback through this project. Courtesy Anne Sparrow, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
    Banksia baxteri is an endemic species being protected from the threat of dieback through this project. Courtesy Anne Sparrow, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

    The Western Fitzgerald Biosphere includes the Fitzgerald River National Park, Corackerup Nature Reserve, and Gondwana link properties. These natural areas are highly valued by the WA community.

    They contain more than 2000 species of flora, 75 of which are endemic to the national park. There are also 17 threatened species of flora and six threatened species of fauna. In particular, dieback disease, spread by road construction and maintenance activities, is threatening the survival of these ecosystems.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, this project furthers the Shire of Jerramungup dieback management strategy developed in 2010.

    A disease risk assessment was undertaken to establish the distribution of dieback throughout the road network across the shires of Jerramungup and Gnowangerup. Operational staff were then engaged to develop a dieback hygiene program of works for road construction and maintenance to control the spread of dieback.

    Investment: $ 110 000
    Delivery organisation: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
    Project duration: July 2010 - September 2011
    Location: Shire of Jerramungup, southern Gnowangerup Shire

    Major project achievements

    • Foundation broad scale dieback assessment in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere; set a baseline for management and further study.

    • Study provided the opportunity to present findings to local residents and key stakeholders.

    • Local newsletters and papers published the project areas and outcomes, increasing community awareness and understanding.

    Lessons Learnt

    • Limited number of contractors available; project was delayed - future projects need to ensure all aspects are well thought out.

    • Two projects running parallel provided greater result delivery.

    • Project officers were not based locally, operational changes could not be easily transitioned.

    Project partners

    Shire of Jerramungup; Department of Parks and Wildlife; Gondwana Link (Bush Heritage & Greening Australia); South Coast NRM.

    More information

    Fitzgerald Biosphere Group (08) 9835 1127

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