Pest plants sold

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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