Who are the DWG?

The Dieback Working Group (DWG) was formed in 1996 by local government authorities, community groups and state government land management agencies concerned with the management of Phytophthora Dieback in Western Australia.

The objectives of the Dieback Working Group as stated in our Rules of Association are to:

  • increase awareness and management of Phytophthora Dieback by key stakeholders;
  • Be a source of knowledge and facilitate the development of best  management practices for Phytophthora Dieback;
  • Promote best practice in Phytophthora Dieback management by government, industry, NGO’s, utilities and landholders;
  • Encourage the adoption of Phytophthora Dieback best practice policy in government, industry, utilities and NGO’s and;
  • Apply for and coordinate funding applications and facilitate effective partnerships.

The Dieback Working Group is composed of an Executive Committee, a Management Committee, general members, and Executive Officer and a Project Officer (when projects are underway).

What do we do ?

The Dieback Working Group seeks to meet their objectives through their Management Committee, their general members, through strong partnerships with other organisations and through their projects. The Management Committee discuss and decide on the activities, opportunities and directions that the DWG will take towards achieving their objectives.  This includes proving comment on policy, legislation and management plans.

The DWG Project Officers give their expertise to projects that result in the training, education and increased awareness of Phytophthora Dieback by stakeholders. They also support on-ground works to improve and increase management and treatment of the disease.

DWG Activities

Awareness and Engagement


Green Card Training: Biosecurity Hygiene: Green Card Training in Biosecurity Hygiene for up to 30 trainees. Training is delivered as a theoretical session (powerpoint presentation and videos) followed by a practical session including a hygiene demonstration and an in-field demonstration of Phytophthora Dieback impact and/or management. 

Current Projects

Building a self-sustainable Dieback Working Group

Timeline: September 2016 - August 2018

 Outline: This project will allow the DWG to futher develop and extend its awarenesss-raising communication tools and decision-making, build the capacity of project partners and other stakeholder in undertaking Phytophthora Dieback management, roll out of the DWG Green Card training program and expand its education program in upper primary schools.

Project partners: 
- Birdlife Australia
- South Coast NRM
- CPSM at Murdoch University

Funding body: This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government's State NRM Program.

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Management Committee

Cameron Crowe
    Vice Chairperson
Lisa-Jane Hults
Adele Scarfone
Bruno Rikli
David Kabay

Committee Members

  • Prof Giles Hardy
  • Prof Treena Burgess
  • Joe Grehan



 Bruno Rikli

 Position: Project Officer

 Role: Project Manager
Bruno will be running several Green Card Training sessions through the project and delivering our Discovering Dieback Program to regional schools, once updates have been implemented. Updating the DWG Website and coordinating the Green Card training program.  Bruno is a DWG registered Green Card Trainer. 

Mob: 0400 208 582

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