Students and farmers hear of weed threats
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.