Siam weed high on the hit list for eradication
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 &
INVASIVE PEST: Report suspected Siam Weed infestations