Help avail­able to con­trol bitou bush

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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