National Management Group agrees to a revised response plan for Chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) - December 2019

The National Management Group (NMG) for chestnut blight – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a revised Response plan that includes Transition to Management activities to manage chestnut blight in Victoria.

The NMG met on 19 December 2019 to endorse an amended National Chestnut Blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) Response Plan that includes a 12 month transition to management program in accordance with the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). The plan is being implemented by the Victorian Government and Chestnuts Australia Inc. and will enable ongoing management of the disease to minimise future impacts.

This follows an earlier decision that chestnut blight is no longer technically feasible to eradicate in Victoria after further detections of the disease in 2017 and 2018.

The Victorian Government and Chestnuts Australia Inc. will continue to manage the disease, implementing a long-term management program with industry leadership supported by the Victorian Government and the community.

The Australian Government, state governments and Chestnuts Australia Inc. are contributing to the cost of the transition to management under the EPPRD.

Any suspected detections of chestnut blight still need to be reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. Further information about chestnut blight is available on the Outbreak website.