The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) confirmed last week the implementation of an extended Quarantine Area to support the ongoing surveillance of the exotic pest Polyphagous Shot-hole Borer (PSHB).
The Quarantine Area now incorporates 17 Local Government areas, including City of Stirling.
The Quarantine Area Notice issued by DPIRD prohibits the removal of any wood or plants, including bark, potted plants, firewood, tree prunings, logs, plant cuttings, mulch, timber, wood, wood chips or green waste above a certain size outside of the Quarantine Area.
Notified material that has been chipped into pieces that are less than 25 millimetres diameter in size can be moved out of the Quarantine Area.
Any gardening machinery or equipment used for tree lopping, gardening, mulching, wood chipping or handling green waste must not be moved outside of the Quarantine Area unless it has been cleaned of all green waste material.
The Quarantine Area Notice applies to all members of the community, including residents and contractors. The Quarantine Area is expected to remain in place initially for six months.
Mayor Mark Irwin said the City’s waste team is working closely with DPIRD Biosecurity Inspectors and contractors to ensure that the City’s waste services can continue to be delivered to the community.
“At this time, the City has not been required to adjust any waste service delivery for the community,” he said.
“All green waste services, including fortnightly kerbside collections of the lime green lid garden organics bin, the scheduled bulk green waste verge collection and delivery of all green waste to the Recycling Centre Balcatta will continue as normal in support of our community.
“The City and our contractors have implemented additional control protocols and have been issued with appropriate permits by DPIRD to allow the services to continue.”
Further information about the pest and the quarantine restrictions can be found on the Department’s website agric.wa.gov.au/borer
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