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Surveillance cameras are being installed in a Great Southern national park in an effort to stop people spreading dieback.

The Department of Environment and Conservation is installing the cameras at Fitzgerald River National Park due to people illegally entering sections of the park that have been closed to stop dieback from spreading.

Albany district manager Michael Shephard said some roads within the park were subject to closures after wet weather or were permanently closed for hygiene management.

“Unfortunately, over the past year, multiple gates and barriers have been damaged when people have forcibly entered closed areas,” he said.

“One of these forced entries is suspected of causing a new Phytophthora dieback infestation in the Fitzgerald River National Park’s wilderness area.”

Dieback is threatening 40 per cent of flora species in the South West.

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