"PHYTOPHTHORA IS DAMAGING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND WE AS BUSHWALKERS ARE IN A POSITION TO HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE."
Phytophthora is a fungal disease that causes damage to plants in areas we walk through. The disease is also common in your garden.
The most obvious signs of Phytophthora are:
The disease is being spread throughout our bushland by infected soil being carried from one place to another. Our footwear and equipment contribute to the problem.
By cleaning and disinfecting our footwear at home each time we have walked in an infected area. Disinfectant can be methylated spirits (undiluted) or household bleach (one part bleach, four parts water).
By keeping to designated roads and walking trails, parking in designated car parks, and complying with track access restrictions in force within infected areas.
The Department of Natural Resources & Environment (DNRE) has advised that the fungus is present in the following areas:
Thank you for your cooperation.