This project investigated the extent to which the European Wasp (Vespula germanica) has affected the Dunkeld and district communities.
It gave particular reference to its impact on tourism, industry, ecology and the lifestyle of Southern Grampians residents.
The project coordinator was Prue Saimoun (Dunkeld) and the project team worked with Professor John Hearne, Kaye Marion and Katie Ballagh from RMIT University.
The project found that several aims had been achieved including:
- Educating and creating awareness of the extent of the wasp problem in the Dunkeld area;
- Creating ongoing interest;
- Recommending that further research and action be taken on developing bait for wasps to take back to the nest.
A key outcome was increased community awareness and action education at a level where people realised they could have an impact on the problem.
The Fellowship recipient was Lisa McIntyre from Dunkeld. The project involved the Panyyabyr Landcare Group, Dunkeld Consolidated School, Dunkeld Progress Association, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, RMIT University (Melbourne) and other community groups and organisations in the region.