Noxious weeds in their sights
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.
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SPLATTERGUN: Landholders watch a demonstration of the newdevice at Bill Staib’s property at Coalstoun Lakes.