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Unit to help cut dieback
Unit to help cut dieback

The battle to control dieback has received a boost with a new trailer and spray unit available to make the task more efficient and user-friendly for property owners and community groups.

Having contributed some of the money required, Busselton Dieback Working Group was able to secure the $5000 trailer with funding from the City of Busselton, Busselton Naturalists Club and GeoCatch.

Working group member Duncan Gardner said it was great to finally have the “specialised unit” after a two-year process and it would make a difference to how phosphate could be applied to slow the spread of phytophthora dieback.

“Otherwise you are limited to a backpack which is time consuming and very difficult,” he said.

“It can do quite a large area quickly (about 20 metres).”

Individuals and groups have access to the trailer to treat their bushland and it could also be deployed in Ambergate Reserve.

Mr Gardner said it would be of most use when more rain fell again after summer.