City warns of toxic weed

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

THE City of Swan is fight­ing a war against the toxic weed cot­ton bush and its in­fes­ta­tion of re­gional ar­eas in Bulls­brook.

The weed, which is a de­clared pest, can be found in pad­docks, creeks and wet­lands, tak­ing over valu­able plants and pos­ing a risk to hu­mans and live­stock.

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said the weed was most no­tice­able dur­ing sum­mer and au­tumn, when the plants were flow­er­ing.

“It in­vades run-down or low-fer­til­ity pas­tures and takes over valu­able plants,” he said.

“Care should be taken when in con­tact with the weed as it ex­udes a toxic milky sap when bro­ken.”

Any­one who finds the weed is asked to call the City of Swan on 9267 9267 for re­moval.

A flow­er­ing cot­ton bush weed.

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