The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released the draft 'Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi' for three-month public consultation from 20 February 2013 to 20 May 2013. The draft plan provides a national strategy to guide the investment and effort by the Australian Government, jurisdictions, research organisations and non-government organisations in abating the impacts of Phytophthora cinnamomi on key species and ecological communities.

flyer draft threatThe objectives of the draft plan are:

  1. Identify, prioritise and reduce the impact of P. cinnamomi on:

    .   key biodiversity assets for protection
    .   areas where there is potential for P. cinnamomi to cause native species or ecological communities not yet listed to become eligible for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.        

  2. Communicate information, and raise awareness, among stakeholders about P. cinnamomi, its impacts on biodiversity, as well as the actions which address those impacts under the plan.

Please click here to view the full details of the draft plan and the guidelines for submissions.