More action on Barron River weed scourge
THE fight against two invasive weeds threatening the future of the Barron River is being taken to another level.
Earlier this year Mareeba woman Kerri Redding identified that Hymenachne, a Weed of National Significance, was growing along the banks of the Barron and impacting its viability.
Mrs Redding lives by the river and over the past 12 months noticed a significant increase in the weed growing along the back of her property.
She said she’d cleared a lot of it by hand, but the problem continued along the entire river.
“I think the Barron is of major importance to Far North Queensland being that it is maybe the only major river that links upland Tableland rainforest, through savannah, down to lowland rainforest — providing an important corridor between the three zones,” she said.
“The Hymenachne is out competing against native reeds and will certainly stop natural revegetation of riverine vegetation and basically lesson the value of the river to wildlife.”
Mr Knuth said exotic vine, Turbina had also been found in the Barron River and was threatening Barron Catchment Care’s 15 year revegetation project.
He will meet with Queensland Minister for Environment Steven Miles, this week seeking support and financial assistance to tackle the problem.
“Combined with the Hymenachne, it’s frustrating for landcare groups, bird watchers, water sports and people that generally love our waterways,’ he said.
“By going to the minster, with his department and working with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, I believe that we can help resolve this problem, to ensure that we have healthier waterways.
“It’s come to the point where it’s too much for local Landcare groups and local environmentalists to do alone.”
Mareeba resident Kerri Redding is calling on the community to help take a stand against aggressive Hymenachne weed that could affect the viability of the Barron River.