Project Leader, Organisation

Linda Ford, Charles Darwin University

Status

Active

Background

In 2012 -2018, Australia and New Zealand successfully completed a Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre project 4041 ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement – a Focus on Biosecurity Threats’. The project presented traditional Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge into a framework designed to assist stakeholders to improve their understanding of cross-cultural communication in biosecurity that enhanced Indigenous communities, regulatory authorities and industry agencies to engage. The Indigenous Engagement Models were developed. The models provide a platform to assist Indigenous peoples and biosecurity agencies to communicate and collaborate on biosecurity threats to native plants and commercial crops between key interest groups.

Objectives and impact

This project will continue to build plant biosecurity capacity and awareness for Indigenous Engagement Model on Myrtle Rust in Australia. The aim will be implementing a campaign to diseminate the Indigenous Engagement Model for plant biosecurity to engage key stakeholders. The project will identify myrtle rust sites visited and records will be kept. Should the local key stake holders identify Myrtle Rust as an issue this will be discussed at workshops? The outcome may or may not result with action(s) to implement (if necessary).

The research team will travel to key destinations where significant Myrtle Rust infestations are impacting on myrtaceae species and to areas that are potentially going to be affected. The sites include South East Queensland, northern New South Wales, Western Australia, and Northern Territory. There is a known infestion in New Zealand’s North Island. Consultation with New Zealand Maori community and biosecurity would assist in comparing the similarities and differences of implement the Indigenous Engagment Models produced for the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre project 4041 ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement – a Focus on Biosecurity Threats’.