Council hopes to weed out pest plants
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.