Pest plants sold
LAND Protection officers from Bundaberg Regional Council will undertake periodic inspections of local markets and nurseries after reports surfaced of declared pest plants being sold through these venues.
Council’s Natural Resources portfolio spokesman Cr Danny Rowleson said many pest plants were introduced to Australia as garden plants because of their beauty or sheer hardiness.
“Unfortunately some of these plants have then been spread by birds, water, vehicles or people and become established in our natural areas throughout Australia as well as finding homes in local gardens.
“Pest plants cost Australian agriculture over $600 million annually in lost production and control measures as well as millions in environmental damage,” Cr Rowleson said.
“Of great concern to Council in our region is the invasive nature of water plants such as Salvinia Weed, Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth. Plants such as the commonly known Bunny Ears Cactus, White Ginger and Basket Asparagus Fern are apparently being potted and sold through local markets.
“I understand that many people find local markets and roadside stalls a tremendous place to purchase plants at a modest price, however residents need to be aware that some of these garden plants have a status that makes them illegal to introduce into the home garden.”
Cr Rowleson said property owners with identified pest plants on their properties were required to dispose of them in a responsible manner.