Weed whack­ers can get free her­bi­cide through pro­gram

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

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