The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has declared the Town of Claremont a quarantine area for polyphagous shot-hole borer beetle (PSHB), Euwallacea fornicatus, a beetle native to Southeast Asia. The beetle attacks a wide range of plants by tunnelling into trunks, stems and branches.
The quarantine area for polyphagous shot-hole borer now covers 21 local government areas including Bayswater, Belmont, Bassendean, Cambridge, Canning, Cockburn, Cottesloe, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Melville, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Perth, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Victoria Park and Vincent.
To help contain spread of this serious agricultural and environmental pest, people living and working in the quarantine area must not move any wood and plant material outside of the quarantine area.
Wood and plant material includes:
- tree prunings
- wood chips
- potted plants
- plant cuttings
Note: wood chips under 2.5cm wide and living plants with woody stems under 2cm wide CAN be moved outside of the quarantine area.
People carrying out tree lopping, gardening, mulching, wood chipping or handling green waste must remove all wood material from their machinery and equipment before moving outside of the quarantine area.
These restrictions do not apply to lawn clippings. For more information on the borer and quarantine area requirements, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.