While the Pandanus palm tree is a coastal icon across the Capricorn Coast, an introduced insect has presented a hazard to the species.
Pandanus dieback caused by the introduced Pandanus Planthopper (Jamella australiae) is causing the greatest losses and ongoing threat to the biodiversity and preservation of coastal ecosystems of eastern Queensland. There are ways to combat this pest in Pandanus trees and educating the community is a great way to spread the word.
Hosted by Livingstone Shire Council and Capricorn Coast Surfriders, a free Community Information Session will take place this Saturday, 7 March from 10am to 11am at the Emu Park Bowls Club where residents are welcome to attend and learn more about the dieback and how best to manage and preserve the tree species.
Special guest Joel Fostin, coastal ecosystem and Pandanus dieback specialist, will share and discuss insights gained through years of dedicated research, surveys and mitigation work across eastern Queensland.
Joel has collaborated with several local governments, National Parks, indigenous groups, coast care groups, community groups and industry professionals on the importance and health of Pandanus.
Some of the topics discussed that are relevant to effective Pandanus dieback and Pandanus planthopper management include the pivotal role Pandanus tectorius play for flora, wildlife, and invertebrate abundance and diversity; the ecological function and importance of Pandanus to prevent erosion in coastal ecosystems; the evolutionary history; and traditional custodians use of Pandanus.
The information will be presented interactively through a power point presentation, with ample time for Questions and Answers and demonstrations in the field.
The free Community Information Session will be held at Emu Park Bowls Club, Pattison Street.