Weed warn­ing for Moira Shire

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The ser­rated tus­sock, a re­gion­ally pro­hib­ited weed, has been found in Moira Shire for the first time.

Moira Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica said the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion, par­tic­u­larly of new out­breaks, meant th­ese out­breaks could be easily man­aged.

‘‘It is es­ti­mated the an­nual cost of in­va­sive plants to Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture is $4 bil­lion through yield losses and prod­uct con­tam­i­na­tion,’’ Cr Mus­tica said.

‘‘We are com­mit­ted to a longterm, five-year pro­gram to con­trol weeds along coun­cil­man­aged road­sides.

‘‘The Road­side Weeds and Pests Pro­gram over the last two years has con­trolled weeds on ap­prox­i­mately 1460 km of road­sides or 44 per cent of our to­tal ru­ral road length of 3300 km.

‘‘In ad­di­tion our op­er­a­tions teams are con­tin­u­ally iden­ti­fy­ing and con­trol­ling weeds within our towns.’’

Cr Mus­tica said the pre­ven­tion, man­age­ment and erad­i­ca­tion of in­va­sive weed species could only be achieved in part­ner­ship with in­dus­try, com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment. ■ To re­port ‘state pro­hib­ited species’, phone Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria on 136 186. ■ A com­pre­hen­sive list of in­va­sive plant species in Vic­to­ria can be found at: www.agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au

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