8 May 2017
The National Management Group (NMG) for giant pine scale (GPS) – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a transition to management plan to manage GPS in South Australia and Victoria.
The NMG met on 8 May 2017 to endorse an amended National Giant Pine Scale (Marchalina hellenica) Response Plan that includes a 12 month transition to management program in accordance with the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). The plan is being implemented by Victoria and South Australia and will allow for ongoing management of the pest to minimise future impacts.
This followed an earlier decision that it is no longer technically feasible to eradicate GPS in Victoria.
The current arrangements in place in Victoria has restricted GPS to urban areas and, to date, there have been no reports of infestation in soft wood plantations. South Australia has advised that they have no infected trees at this time and surveillance will continue towards attaining proof of freedom.
Although movement restrictions will be lifted within Victoria, good biosecurity practices remain essential when handling and moving any host plant material to ensure the pest remains contained and does not spread to new areas.
The Australian Government, all state and territory governments, and the Australian Forest Products Association are contributing to the cost of the response under the EPPRD.
Any detections of GPS still need to be reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. Further information about GPS is available on the Outbreak website.