Project Leader, Organisation

Tilly Davis, Buthculla Aboriginal Corporation




Exotic pests threaten cultural and environmental biodiversity values unique to Australia. The recent detection and subsequent spread of the invasive myrtle rust pathogen, Austropuccinia psidii, has highlighted the threat and challenges associated with managing these pests. Several reviews have highlighted serious gaps relating to Australia’s environmental biosecurity and significant exotic environmental pests continue to spread globally. This project will increase awareness, further expand capacity to detect and report on biosecurity threats, and increase our understanding of the cultural impacts exotic pests and diseases pose to native flora on K’gari (the globally significant Fraser Island World Heritage property) and Butchulla Country.

Objectives and Impact

This project will build on current PBSF projects (PBSF012, PBSF025) and an NHT project to further increase the capacity of Butchulla traditional custodians, to develop networks, increase surveillance and report on biosecurity threats to culturally significant flora and environments on K’gari.

Report and Outputs