The Friends of Brisbane Ranges and the Friends of the Prom established our Grasstree Monitoring project in 2007.

The project extends an important long-term study into the impacts of Phytophthora cinnamomi, and commemorates the work of Dr Gretna Weste, who conducted over 30 years of highly valuable research on the disease.

Phytophthora cinnamomi (previously known as cinnamon fungus) is an introduced water mould that attacks plant roots and causes plant dieback and often its death. Our iconic grass trees are susceptible to the infection and the effects are visible.

The disease is now widespread in Australia, including in the Brisbane Ranges, Wilsons Promontory and several other Victorian locations. It can change ecosystems and also affect animal species that are dependent on native plants.
Come along to one of our grasstree monitoring days to find out more about Phytophthora cinnamomi and to help us collect critical information about the disease.

In 2017, the Grasstree Monitoring project in the Brisbane Ranges National Park is funded by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Landcare Program administered by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.