The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR) is running a series of Compulsory Training and Accreditation Program for “approved” persons.
Anyone who prunes or destroys (removes) a giant scale host tree in the restricted area or moves giant scale tree host materials (i.e. wood chips, branches, etc) from a restricted area now requires a permit issued by DEDJTR. A business is granted a permit and approved persons are nominated under each permit.
To receive a permit and/or become an approved person, the business/person must have successfully carried out the training conducted by DEDJTR.
The permit has a number of important conditions which need to be met by all approved persons.
It is envisaged the permit will not disrupt work practices but stop the spread of the giant scale insect out of the Restricted Area.
Any person wanting to REMOVE or PRUNE the below mentioned tree species within the Restricted Area must use an approved accredited tree contractor who has a permit issued by DEDJTR. Residents should ask to see a copy of tree contractor's permit issued by The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR) before works are commenced on their property.
Trees that have found to be hosts of the giant scale insect in Australia are a number of Pinus species i.e. P.halepensis, P. radiata and P.pinea. (all three grow in the Knox area). The giant scale insect has been found on the following host trees overseas: Pinus brutia, P. kochiana, P. nigra salzmannii, P. sylvestris, P. larico tauricus and P. sosnowskyi. The giant scale insect has also been found on Firs i.e. Abies cephalonica and A. nordmanniana; and Spruces Picea engelmanni and P. orientalis.
Tree generally not affected by the giant scale insect include Cypresses, Araucaria, Allocasuarina, Casuarina and Callitris species. These trees do not need to be removed by an approved and accredited contractor.
Please note: A planning permit is required to remove and prune the aforementioned trees if a relevant overlay under the Knox planning scheme applies to the property. Where an overlay does not trigger a permit to remove or prune due to exemptions, a planning permit is not required but the host tree can only be removed or pruned in the Restricted Area by a suitable trained and accredited person who has been issued a permit by The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR).