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Myrtle rust - gum trees and koalas

Last Updated on 30 September 2012

Myrtle rust -  gum trees and koalas

myrtle_rust_DERMBiosecurity Queensland (BQ) is leading the response to myrtle rust by working with industry to restrict trade of infected plants; track distribution and range of host species; and provide advice on minimising its impact. DERM is working with BQ to prevent the disease's avoidable spread. Myrtle rust was first found in Queensland in December 2010. Since then, it has been found in four national parks—Kondalilla in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and Nicoll Scrub, Springbrook and Lamington in the Gold Coast hinterland.

While there is no known threat to people, individuals can help reduce the spread. Since this highly infectious fungal disease affects the main food source for koalas, it would be naive to minimise the impacts this plant disease may have on the long term survival of the koala. Another threat to contend with.

The Myrtaceae family includes many Australian native species, such as lilly pillies, water-gums, paperbarks, turpentines and eucalypts. When severely infected, young plants and new growth may become stunted and, possibly, die. Read more at DERM website.



Brigalow and Swamp Tea-tree Forest project - what this means for you

Last Updated on 12 March 2012


Monday 22 February 2010

Jimboomba Tavern


Cnr Mt Lindesay Highway & Cusack Lane JIMBOOMBA


There are signifigant patches of Melaleuca Irbyana in the Jimboomba and surrounding areas. Use of the phrase Swamp Tea-tree Forest is not common - but indicates that more than the single species has federal protection. No species - plant or animal - exists in isolation but is part of an interconnected web - much of which the lay person may not know about.

Are you a landholder - or caring tenant - with this endangered  ecological group of plants?

You are most cordially invited to an Information Session to find out about these vegetation types, the legislation protecting them and the opportunities available to assist with their management. Questions such as:

What is the significance of having endangered Brigalow or Swamp Tea-tree Forest on your property?  will be addressed.

The following specialists will be on hand to brief you about the project and to answer any further questions you may have: Liz Gould: Environment Sector Partnerships Manager - SEQC - South East Queenlsland Catchments Association.

For catering purposes please RSVP

Ben Barton, Community Contact Officer Bremer, SEQ Catchments, West Ipswich Q 4305  Ph 07 3816 9721 Fax 07 3812 8685

This event is being co-hosted by Logan City Council, SEQ Catchments and LACA - Logan and Albert Conservation Association.


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