Polyphagous Shot-hole Borer (PSHB) detection in Peace Memorial Rose Garden 

Published on Friday, 10 February 2023 at 9:00:00 AM

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has detected PSHB in a number of trees in the Peace Memorial Rose Garden. DPIRD has advised urgent action is required to remove the host trees that are harbouring the pest. The impacted trees are located near the playground at the southern end of the reserve.

Removal of the trees will be undertaken by contractors working on behalf of DPIRD on Friday 10 February. The City appreciates community understanding given it is important to undertake the works as soon as possible to prevent further spread.

There are currently no effective means of killing the PSHB. If left untreated, the trees will die, become unsafe and the borers will reproduce and spread further across the City and beyond. The borer affects only living trees, so there is no concern with it transferring to timber building materials.

This infestation is now of national significance because of its potential for economic repercussions in agricultural industries and the environment generally. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the City on 9273 3500. 

For more information on PSHB please visit Polyphagous shot-hole borer | Agriculture and Food

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