A committee set up to advise the State Government on dieback in WA forests has not met since October 2010, amid claims parts of two Perth reserves could be lost to the disease.
The Dieback Consultative Council was established in 1997 to provide advice about the pathogen, which has infected more than one million hectares of WA bush and is regarded by the Environmental Protection Authority as a priority one threat to biodiversity.
Council chairman Peter Elliott told Environment Minister Bill Marmion this week it had a business case for dieback management and a ranking of priority investment areas, most of which was yet to be acted on by the Government.
The Dieback Working Group, a not-forprofit community organisation, has accused the Government of neglecting the disease so badly it was "akin to an act of vandalism".
Group chairman Ian Colquhoun said the Government was "just sitting on its hands" and WA stood to lose bush in Whiteman Park, Wireless Hill and the Stirling Ranges.
"If we don't start co-ordinating and protecting these areas, then we'll lose them," he said.
"And it's not just the vegetation there's all the flow-on effect to endangered species."
Mr Marmion said he had asked Mr Elliott to work with the Department of Environment and Conservation to provide further advice on how the council could assist with dieback management.He said the Government had given $1.6 million for urgent dieback protection action between 2009 and last year through the State Natural Resource Management program and had allocated $250,000 a year in the 2011-12 Budget for Fitzgerald River National Park.
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