Nox­ious weed found in Moira Shire

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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

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