More ac­tion on Bar­ron River weed scourge

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

Pic­ture: AN­DREA FALVO

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.

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