13043: Building the capacity of the nursery and garden industry to respond to biosecurity issues

    This project aims to reduce the spread of plant diseases such as dieback by educating the broader industry and its stakeholders on biosecurity.

    Activities include:

    • simplifying biosecurity research results
    • running workshops, forums and field days to raise community awareness of plant diseases and biosecurity
    • running training and updates for industry professionals on supply chain  issues, biosecurity awareness and hygiene standards
    • creating a hygiene improvement programme for garden centres and big chains like Bunnings, Masters and Mitre10.

    Stakeholders include:

    • community members (with home gardens)
    • garden centres
    • landscape designers/architects
    • landscapers
    • local government and urban town planners
    • media (e.g. soil and mulch) suppliers
    • nurseries
    • school gardeners.

    The Nursery and Garden Industry of WA manages accreditation programs for nurseries and garden centres - including media suppliers. Members are regularly audited to maintain accreditation and encouraged to building their capacity to respond to biosecurity issues.

    Investment: $ 36 450
    Delivery organisation: Nursery and Garden Industry of WA Inc
    Project duration: January 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Perth Metro + Regional (South West and Wheatbelt)
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