Siam weed high on the hit list for erad­i­ca­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

I WISH to clar­ify com­ments at­trib­uted to me in the story ‘‘ Weed threat­ens cat­tle in­dus­try’’ pub­lished in the March 23 edi­tion.

I did not state that Siam weed was no l onger erad­i­ca­ble i n North Queens­land. Biose­cu­rity Queens­land, along with our fund­ing part­ners, is work­ing hard to erad­i­cate this in­va­sive pest.

Siam weed is a sig­nif­i­cant threat to our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries, and our en­vi­ron­ment, and we are work­ing with land­hold­ers across North Queens­land as part of the erad­i­ca­tion pro­gram.

I would en­cour­age Townsville res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly those who live in or ad­ja­cent to in­fes­ta­tions at Black River, Ross Dam, Alice River, High Range and Al­li­ga­tor Creek, to make them­selves aware of what Siam weed looks like and re­port any sus­pi­cious plants to our hot­line num­ber 13 25 23.

It is im­por­tant not to re­move the plant, but a mem­ber of my team will visit the in­fes­ta­tion and con­firm whether it is Siam weed.

Once again, I re­it­er­ate that Biose­cu­rity Queens­land is work­ing hard to erad­i­cate Siam weed and I urge land­hold­ers to con­tinue to as­sist us is get­ting rid of this pest.

MICK JEF­FERY, Pro­ject Co­or­di­na­tor ( Trop­i­cal Weed

Erad­i­ca­tion), Biose­cu­rity Queens­land, Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment &

In­no­va­tion.

IN­VA­SIVE PEST: Re­port sus­pected Siam Weed in­fes­ta­tions

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