Govt on cit­rus canker case

Broome Advertiser - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The State Govern­ment has sent sur­veil­lance teams to the North West to con­firm the ab­sence of cit­rus canker.

De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment teams are vis­it­ing Ku­nunurra, Wyn­d­ham, Broome, Derby, Halls Creek, Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne, Port Hed­land, South Hed­land, Fitzroy Cross­ing, Ex­mouth and Point Samson as part of the re­sponse.

De­part­ment act­ing chief plant biose­cu­rity of­fi­cer Sonya Broughton said cit­rus canker had been re­moved from three prop­er­ties in Wyn­d­ham and Ku­nunurra in Au­gust 2018.

“The fo­cus is shift­ing from trac­ing cit­rus plants known to have come into WA from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory since Jan­uary 2017, to ask­ing any­one in the north who has a cit­rus plant, re­gard­less of its age, to con­tact the de­part­ment so it can be recorded and be in­spected if nec­es­sary,” she said.

“The more cit­rus plants we can lo­cate and in­spect, the more ev­i­dence we have that cit­rus canker is ab­sent in north­ern WA. Even if your plant is healthy, we need to know its lo­ca­tion and health sta­tus as part of our sur­veil­lance work.”

The sur­veil­lance teams will be fo­cus­ing on car­a­van parks, new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, com­mu­nity gar­dens, nurs­eries, gar­den cen­tres and land­scape busi­nesses, but stressed re­ports sup­port­ing the ab­sence of cit­rus canker from all ar­eas were valu­able.

There have been no ad­di­tional de­tec­tions of cit­rus canker in WA since the ini­tial three cases.

Pic­ture: DPIRD

Cit­rus canker sur­veil­lance team are check­ing cit­rus trees.

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