Weed fail­ure

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

I am thor­oughly ap­palled at the ease with which the gov­ern­ment depart­ment that was re­spon­si­ble for Weeds, the En­vi­ron­ment and Pri­mary In­dus­try, (it has been called many things), has so swi­fly and eas­ily washed their hands of any such du­ties. I would very much like to know what their cur­rent job de­scrip­tions, funded by our taxes, are.

The early set­tlers, sol­dier set­tlers, mi­grants and all other Aussie bat­tlers have busted their guts in the boil­ing hot sun, in gul­lies choked with black­ber­ries and gi­ant tiger snakes for years on end to get on top of weed in­fes­ta­tions. In ear­lier times farm­ers risked their health us­ing what we now know to be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals.

And to what avail? Once upon a time the growth of nox­ious weeds was po­liced. The re­sult? Lovely farm­land free of black­ber­ries, rag­wort and this­tles.

With chang­ing land use, some coun­try ar­eas, like mine, have ab­sen­tee own­ers, who, even if they took a step on their prop­erty, wouldn't know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a blade of grass and a tree. Oth­ers lease land to peo­ple who only care about the re­turns on their beef cat­tle. Still oth­ers have no ru­ral ex­pe­ri­ence at all. Their only out­door ac­tiv­ity is go­ing from the car to the house.

The cur­rent gov­ern­ment depart­ment no longer re­gard rag­wort, black­ber­ries and this­tles as a threat or a prob­lem. I don't know how they ar­rived at that logic. If they were to come and visit me, they would see that I'm nearly sur­rounded by farms cov­ered in these three weeds.

I have rag­wort com­ing up in my front lawn. I am in de­spair at the fu­ture of my land­hold­ing. One year's seed­ing is 7 years weed­ing.

The old Dig­gers, fa­thers, mothers & grand­fa­thers would be rolling over in their graves to see the sweat of their brows wa­ter­ing the crops of today's weeds and the dis­re­spect and dis­re­gard the gov­ern­ment now has for the ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Pull your socks up, em­ploy­ees of the peo­ple! Get out of your chairs and come and have a look.

Chris­tine Webb, Moun­tain View

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