Help available to control bitou bush
BYRON Shire landholders in the new bitou bush biosecurity zone are being urged to meet their new biosecurity obligations to avoid prosecution.
Under new regulations that came into force on July 1 this year all landholders from Cape Byron to the Queensland/NSW border are required to remove and control bitou bush.
Assistance is currently available through the Beating Bitou Bush Project, managed by North Coast Local Land Services, however once the project in the Byron Shire comes to an end in June next year, landholders will be required to perform this work on their own.
Bitou bush is a South African species planted in Australia between the 1940s and 1960s to stabilise sand dunes after mining.
It was so successful at colonising the dunes that by 2001, the weed had replaced coastal native vegetation along 80% of the NSW coastline.
If you are located within the zone and would like advice on identifying and treating bitou bush, contact Melinda Cox on 6623 3925.
For advice on the new biosecurity regulations and bitou bush biosecurity zone, contact Rous County Council on 6623 3800.