Noxious weed found in Moira Shire
The regionallyprohibited weed serrated tussock has been identified in Moira Shire for the first time.
The shire is working with Agriculture Victoria to eradicate the weed.
Mayor Libro Mustica said the importance of early detection, particularly of new outbreaks, meant outbreaks could be managed.
‘‘It is estimated the annual cost of invasive plants to Australian agriculture is $4 billion through yield losses and product contamination,’’ he said.
‘‘We are committed to a long-term, five-year program to control weeds along council-managed roadsides.’’
There are some important things people can do to prevent the spread of invasive weed species.
If you are a grower, always ask if the seed seller is a member of the Australian Seed Federation to make sure you ‘know before you sow’, plus make sure your seed is certified or quality assured.
‘‘Know what plant you are buying, is the plant native or exotic, invasive or non-invasive?’’ Cr Mustica said.
‘‘Plant indigenous species that are suitable garden plants and report any invasive species found on roadsides or reserves Moira Shire Council.’’
People can also report state-prohibited species to Agriculture Victoria on 136 186.
‘‘By working together we can support our community, agricultural industry and the environment,’’ Cr Mustica said.
A list of invasive plant species in Victoria can be found on Agriculture Victoria’s website at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au to