Forum on menace weed

Myrtle rust has been detected on the Fraser Coast in Pialba and Dundowran Beach.
Myrtle rust has been detected on the Fraser Coast in Pialba and Dundowran Beach.

A MYRTLE rust forum will be held in Hervey Bay after the dangerous weed was detected at Pialba and Dundowran Beach.

Biosecurity Queensland said the infections, which were detected more than six weeks ago, were confirmed as myrtle rust on October 18.

Myrtle rust program director Mike Ashton said it was disappointing but not surprising that myrtle rust had reached the Fraser Coast.

"The Fraser Coast environment is highly suitable for the disease due to the favourable climatic conditions of high moisture and warm temperatures," Mr Ashton said.

A community information session will be held on November 17.

Mr Ashton said Biosecurity Queensland officers would also be holding a more detailed session for businesses and council workers to learn more.

"Businesses and council workers will have to manage potential myrtle rust infections on a daily basis so we have developed a more detailed information and training session for this audience," he said.

Phone 3239 3970 or email to register for the sessions.

For more information on myrtle rust or to report a sighting visit or call 13 25 23.

Topics:  biosecurity queensland myrtle rust weed

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