Stu­dents and farm­ers hear of weed threats

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

STU­DENTS from Mun­dub­bera joined a group of con­cerned lo­cal farm­ers to learn about and how to de­fend our land from weeds.

Stephen Downey spoke on honey lo­cust and other prickly bushes, John Reeve ad­dressed the prob­lem of Parthe­nium and con­trol agents, and Eric Dyke spoke about Madeira vine.

Mr Reeve told the gath­er­ing the threat of Parthe­nium was real and it al­ways would be.“I don’t think we will ever erad­i­cate this weed, so the fight will al­ways be up to the farm­ers to limit its cover,” he said.

“If we don’t keep up the fight it will take over our pas­tures and the land will be­come use­less.”

The Mun­dub­bera work­shop was held last Thurs­day as part of a se­ries of work­shops held in the North Bur­nett to help as­sist landown­ers in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and man­age­ment of in­va­sive pest plants.

Mun­dub­bera school stu­dent Am­ber Briggs said she was keen to learn all she could about weed con­trol. “If we learn about how the weeds are spread, we can put mea­sures in place to con­trol them,” she said.

“The spread of weeds is a big­ger prob­lem than most peo­ple think and we need to learn more about them.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, in con­junc­tion with Bur­nett Mary Re­gional Group, spon­sored the work­shops.

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