Several local Dieback Working Groups have started up across the South-west of WA and some have been running for many years. These groups are a local network of people concerned about the spread and impact of the disease in their local area. These groups can seek funding to help protect important local bushland and form a local hub for Phytophthora Dieback information resources, treatment resources and knowledgable people.
How do I start my own local DWG?
The DWG Inc supports these groups and encourages the formation of more of these groups across Australia. For members, they are also a great way to network with others in your local area who are managing, treating or even researching the disease. If you have concerned people in your area who would like to volunteer their time into such a group, you should consider starting your own Local Dieback Working Group.
To start your own group, there are a number of things you can do.
- Discuss with Local Government officers, local landcare officers, local concerned businesses and landholders to see if there is enough interest to start a group.
- Think about the kinds of activities you would like to undertake as a working party/group (e.g. phosphite treatment, local awareness-raising, creating locally-relevant publications).
- Decide on the important local areas that you will focus your on-ground efforts on.
- Hold a Phytophthora Dieback Aware Training Course or Phosphite Treatment Workshop to attract interest and members - we can help you with this.
Once you have started a group, send your contact details to the DWG Inc so they can be put up on the website. This will make it easier for potential members to find you.
Busselton Dieback Working Group
Contact: Bruno Rikli
Mobile: 0400 208 582
Contact: Diane Horgan (Volunteer coordinator)
Mobile: 0408 886 474