Speakers from the DWG and CPSM will be presenting on Phytophthora Dieback and marri canker at the upcoming Managing significant native plant diseases of south-west WA seminar at Murdoch University this Friday as part of Perth NRM's Professional development in Environmental Management Series. 
Perth NRM invitesenvironmental managers, researchers, landscapers and community leaders to this seminar which will assist you to understand the environmental impact of these pathogens and to learn about methods to manage their spread.  

As part of its aim to deliver targeted Green Card Training, taoilored for specific audiences, the DWG will be holding Local Government Green Card Training on Friday 28th of April 2017 at the City of Melville Civic Centre. This is the first in our series of targeted Green Card Training sessions and stems from a need for a Green Card Training session that addresses management and hygiene requirements faced by local Government employees.

Its hard to believe its been more than 10 years the DWG and Armadale Primary School created the award winning Discovering Dieback Education Package and "Stop The Rot" was performed by year 6 students from Armadale Primary School for the first time before hundreds of spectators, winning the JRock competition and drawing much needed attention to the Phytophthora Dieback issue. This program was a point of pride for our late Chairman, Ian Colquhoun, and to date has educated more than 1200 school children and helped protect 100's of hectares of bushland. With funding awarded by the Western Australian Government's State NRM Program we are now able to update our program and expand the reach  of of program to greater encompass regional schools.

As we're welcoming summer rainfall into our gardens and native bushland, Phytophthoras are taking advantage of the wet, warm soil conditions created to get active, producing spores and infecting new hosts. This wet soil is also much stickier and more easily caught in the grooves of your shoes and tyres and the underside of your vehicle.

 With more active Phytophthora in the soil and the higher risk of spead, these are crucial times for Phytophthora Dieback hygiene. Here's what you can do:

  • Avoid/ put off any activities that involve soil movement for drier soil conditions.
  • Reduce the number of vehicles, machinery and equipment you are using on your infested sites.
  • Clean down your boots, vehicle, machinery and equipment between sites/ reserves
  • Use a sanitising agent such as 5% bleach, 70% Methylated Spirits or Phytoclean to finish your clean
  • Use a checklist to inspect for soil, plant and animal material before entering a site/ reserve.

You can use the DWG Green Card Vehicle and Machinery Checklist to develop your own version adapted for the types of vehicles or machinery you are inspecting. Download a copy here pdfVehicle_and_Machinery_Inspection__Washdown_Checklist 

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The DWG is running an open Green Card Training session on the 13th of December at the Dept of Parks and Wildlife in Kensington. The session will cover what an on-ground operator in a Phytophthora disease risk area needs to know to manage their Phytophthora Dieback risk in their daily operations.

Details

Date: Tuesday 13th December.
Location: Purnululu Room, Department of Parks and Wildlife, 17 Dick Perry Ave, Kesington.
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: $150pp including GST (cost includes morning tea, handouts and training resources)
More details on the Green Card page: https://www.dwg.org.au/green-card

Register now to book your place in the training. Private training sessions can be arranged through our DWG Trainers listed on the Green Card Training page.

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West Leeming Primary School and the Dieback Working Group are holding a community dieback busting day this Sunday 25th of September at Dudley Hartree Reserve iin Leeming. The community is invited to come down to Dudley Hartree Reserve to help out with the Dieback Busting Day. The reserve is threatened by Phytophthora Dieback so we will be spending the morning injecting the trees with the chemical phosphite. Phosphite is a salt solution that acts to trigger the immune reponse of the plants, helping them to fend off Phytophthora Dieback.

The beautiiful Vietnamese town of Sapa will host the 8th Meeting of the IUFRO Working Party for Phytophthoras in Forests and Natural Ecosystems on the 19-25 March 2017. These international conferences bring together the worlds best scientists working on Phytophthoras to share their latest scientific developments. Abstract submissions are still open until the end of September, as are early-bird registrations.

Join us for the 2016 Annual General Meeting + Sundowner of the Dieback Working Group at the Canning River Eco Education Centre on Wednesday 7th of September.

The Dieback Working Group is holding it's AGM on Wednesday 7th of September and would love for you to be there. We'll be giving updates on the activities of the Dieback Working Group amnd discussing some very important matters for the group that need your input, includijng membership.

The DWG's Annual General Meeting is on this Wednesday 7th of September at the Canning River Eco Education Centre. This is just a friendly reminder to RSVP and that you can find the Agenda and all the reports and appendices to reports on the Public Drive. How do you access the Public Drive? Just click on Public Drive in the left hand side menu << and it will take you there.

If you attended the recent DIG Conference at Murdoch University, you may have heard our Executive Officer, Kat Sambrooks, talking about some changes the Dieback Working Group is looking at making to the way we operate. Historically, the Dieback Working Group has been heavily dependent on successful applications for grant funding in order to achieve our objectives as an organisation. This has restricted the activities we can undertake to those prescribed in the funding proposal and it has meant that times we have had a reduced capacity during periods without grant funding.