Chief Executive Officer | South Coast Natural Resource Management
Presentation Title: Opportunities for whole of sector solutions for plant disease management & policy influence in WA
Meet the Presenter:
Justin Bellanger has worked in the natural resource management field for over a decade in executive roles including as CEO of South Coast NRM.
Justin has overseen a community-led approach to protecting threatened species and landscapes by ensuring that adequate planning and resources are in place for both grass-roots practitioners and science-based professionals in the South Coast Region.
He has the great privilege of working with an exceptionally skilled team and a deeply passionate and engaged community in the most special part of WA.
Justin enjoys spending his spare time on his farm at Nornalup.
There has been a lack of avenues to provide concerted advice and input into state-level planning and policy decisions associated with plant pathology in WA since the conclusion of the Project Steering Committee responsible for overseeing the development of the State Investment Framework for Phytophthora Dieback, and before that the Dieback Consultative Committee which has been in abeyance for a number of years.
Despite this, emerging environmental biosecurity risks are increasing through pathogens such as Myrtle Rust and a range of phytophthora species in WA. This session will investigate different models for how an integrated, cross sectorial plant disease committee may be established and investigate the willingness of the WA plant disease management sector to establish a voice to influence planning and policy making in WA.
This event was supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Newmont Boddington Gold, and Perth NRM
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government's State NRM Program