Coun­cil hopes to weed out pest plants

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, con­trol and man­age­ment of Gi­ant Rats Tail Grass and African Love Grass will be the fo­cus of a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to be held in Childers this month.

The spread of in­va­sive pas­ture plants through­out the Bund­aberg re­gion is of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern to Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil, which is host­ing the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to ad­vise res­i­dents on the ser­vices and sub­si­dies the coun­cil can of­fer to as­sist landown­ers in man­age­ment of the pest plant.

Cr Danny Rowle­son said the pro­lif­er­a­tion of Gi­ant Rats Tail and African Love Grass had the po­ten­tial to dev­as­tate prime graz­ing ar­eas of the re­gion due to its abil­ity to out-com­pete nat­u­ral pas­ture grasses.

“Gi­ant Rats Tail is a pro­lific pro­ducer of seed, and re­search has shown that plants can pro­duce around 85,000 seeds per square me­tre an­nu­ally,” he said.

Any stock move­ment in in­fected ar­eas had the abil­ity to trans­port up to 30,000 seeds per day per an­i­mal through ad­her­ing to fur, hooves and ma­nure.

Con­trol of both these de­clared plants was dif­fi­cult but the coun­cil hoped to in­form land­hold­ers on best prac­tice meth­ods of re­strict­ing the spread and to win back ar­eas that may cur­rently be in­fested.

Cr Rowle­son said the con­trol of iden­ti­fied ar­eas of Gi­ant Rats Tail, African Love Grass and other Class 2 de­clared pest plants was a manda­tory re­quire­ment on land­hold­ers.

“We are re­ally keen to work with land­hold­ers who have iden­ti­fied these pest plants on their prop­er­ties. This in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will pro­vide a good in­sight into the latest con­trol meth­ods as well as what ser­vices and sub­si­dies are avail­able to prop­erty own­ers to as­sist in con­trol mea­sures,” he said.

A brief pre­sen­ta­tion will also be made by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bur­nett Mary Re­gional Group for Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment and WBB En­vi­ron­men­tal (Veg­e­ta­tion Man­age­ment spe­cial­ists).

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held at the Isis Cane­grow­ers Build­ing in Childers on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 24, com­menc­ing at 5.30pm and at­ten­dance should be recorded with Meghan Schi­browski on 0419 658 552.

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