Weed whackers can get free herbicide through program
THE final weeks of free herbicide offer are counting down for North Burnett landholders to knock down noxious weeds.
More than 90 landholders have taken part in the Flood Recovery Herbicide for Weed Control program and there are many more that have shown interest.
Extension officer Burnett Catchment Care Association Louise Newman said if anyone had an application form and map, they should return it now to avoid the cut-off date of May 4.
Ms Newman said weeds had taken root in the region after recent flooding.
“Parthenium has been the most prominent weed that people are noticing coming on their land since the floods,” Ms Newman said.
“The parthenium seed can remain viable for around 20 years, so ongoing management and treatment is going to be key to keeping the infestations to a minimum, regardless of how it got to where it is.”
Ms Newman said the air was cooling, winter was coming and for most weeds now was the best time to treat with herbicide for maximum effect.
“As part of the flood recovery program funded by the Queensland and Commonwealth’s On-Farm Productivity and Riparian Recovery program after ex-TC Oswald, this is the last opportunity to get hold of some herbicide provided to treat weeds along creeks and floodplains in the North Burnett Council area,” Ms Newman said.
“There are six weeds that are eligible for herbicide: parthenium, giant rats tail grass, cats claw creeper, rubber vine, hymenachne and madeira vine."
If more information is needed about weed species or landholders would like a visit from someone to help identify weeds in creeks and floodplains, contact BCCA for more information on 4166 3898 during office hours or email admin@ burnettcatchment.org.
All participants are to have treated their weed infestations by Friday, May 29, 2015.
The 90-plus landholders who have already been involved in the program have treated almost 8000ha of weeds over the past 18 months.
Louise Newman The parthenium seed can remain viable for around 20 years.