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Interest
European House Borer
Responsible agency
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Summary
The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest of untreated dry (seasoned) pinewood and other softwood timbers.  This impacts on the movement, storage, treatment and disposal of untreated pinewood located within a Restricted Movement Zone. 
Description

To minimise the spread of European House Borer in Western Australia, restrictions on the movement of untreated (dry) pinewood were implemented in 2006, and currently apply to areas where EHB occurs. By restricting the movement of pinewood from EHB infested areas, EHB has been contained to Restricted Movement Zones in the greater Perth metropolitan area.

The restrictions are described in the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006. The regulations allowed for the establishment of quarantine zones, known as Priority Management Zones (PMZ) and the Restricted Movement Zones (RMZ), and placed restrictions not only on untreated pinewood movement from PMZ and RMZ areas, but also on the storage, disposal and treatment of untreated pinewood within these areas. 

The owner or occupier of properties located within a RMZ must comply with restrictions under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006, or face a penalty of up to $2000.

EHB was first detected in Western Australia in January 2004. The State Government rapidly implemented surveillance and containment activities to stop the spread of the pest. In 2008, eradication and verification activities commenced. To manage the threat of EHB, the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006 were introduced in February 2006. The Regulations allowed for the establishment of quarantine zones, known as Priority Management Zones (PMZs) and Restricted Movement Zones (RMZs).

Residents are required to dispose of untreated pinewood waste material through local government waste bins, approved waste collection services or at refuse facilities. Waste timber includes firewood, off-cuts, unwanted pinewood articles, disused furniture, and pine tree trunks and branches.

Where can I get more information?

For more information contact our office on 1800 084 881, or see www.agric.wa.gov.au/biosecurity-biosecurity-quarantineeuropean-house-borer   or email us info@agric.wa.gov.au.

Date updated
05/07/2017 17:55:41