Nox­ious weeds in their sights

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

LAND­HOLD­ERS bat­tling lan­tana have been given a new weapon for their ar­se­nal.

Gas-pow­ered splat­ter guns were demon­strated at a weeds work­shop at Coal­stoun Lakes last Wed­nes­day.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has six of the new de­vices avail­able for land­hold­ers to use free of charge.

“They’re new tech­nol­ogy. It’s sup­posed to be really ground break­ing for lan­tana con­trol,” coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Brad Peel said.

Splat­ter guns are a cheap and ef­fec­tive method for treat­ing lan­tana, a class three weed of par­tic­u­lar con­cern in Bin­jour, Biggen­den and Monto, he said.

De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Fish­eries and Forestry Biose­cu­rity ex­pert Kym John­son said splat­ter guns were cheap in com­par­i­son to other meth­ods, less than 5c a plant and some­times lower.

The tar­geted tech­nique means you can have a tree right next to the splat­ter gun-treated lan­tana and it will be un­af­fected.

The coun­cil’s guns were funded through Bur­nett Mary Re­gional Group Healthy Habi­tats, and a splat­ter gun will be stored at each of the coun­cil’s six of­fices.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact a Land Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer in your area or phone 1300 696 272.

■ Would you use a gas-pow­ered splat­ter gun to com­bat lan­tana? Let us know at gayn­dah@cnbtimes.com.au.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

SPLATTERGUN: Land­hold­ers watch a demon­stra­tion of the newde­vice at Bill Staib’s prop­erty at Coal­stoun Lakes.

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