The declared restricted area for the control of citrus canker disease has been removed from properties in Cossack, Katherine (Northern Territory).
The restricted area was established in June 2018 after a plant with the citrus canker disease was found in Cossack. The restricted area affected 20 properties which were within 600 metres of a plant infected with citrus canker.
Chief Plant Health Officer, Dr Anne Walters, said she was pleased with the update and thanked the community of Cossack for their support: “The restricted area in Katherine was cleared of all citrus canker host plants in late 2018 and there has been no evidence of citrus canker disease or any regrowth in the area. A designated minimum of six months without citrus canker host plants, known as the host free period, and no record of citrus canker disease during regrowth surveillance activities, has allowed for the restricted area to be removed.”
Two control areas for the control of citrus canker still remain in place around the greater Darwin and Katherine areas, and 12 restricted areas remain in the greater Darwin area.