Keep an eye out for pest plant

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

AN UN­WANTED vis­i­tor has de­cided to call Mun­dub­bera home.

The weed Agave Spp., com­monly known as sisal hemp, has thrived and set down roots near O Bil Bil Rd.

Keen gar­dener Fa­hey Schulz iden­ti­fied the weed last weekend and wanted to raise aware­ness among landown­ers.

“I had been watch­ing for it and it has spread from just a small clump to fill­ing this whole gully,” Ms Schulz said.

“It has clumped up road drains and it has a nasty thorn.”

Ms Schulz was con­cerned about the in­tro­duced species’ ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The fact is that it makes an im­pen­e­tra­ble mess that cat­tle or hu­mans couldn’t get through,” she said.

Sisal hemp is an ex­otic plant in Aus­tralia and is not a de­clared plant in Queens­land.

Due to the plant not be­ing de­clared, it is not in the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil area’s pest man­age­ment plan.

The coun­cil does not have an ac­tive spray pro­gram for it, but if a prob­lem with the plant is iden­ti­fied the plants may be sprayed.

If you are con­cerned about an in­fes­ta­tion of sisal hemp, phone the coun­cil on 1300 696 272.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

PLANT AWARE­NESS: Fa­hey Schulz wants people to keep an eye out for Sisal Hemp.

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