Book helps to iden­tify weeds

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A NEW book is now out that will bet­ter equip land­hold­ers in the Whit­sun­day re­gion to iden­tify and con­trol weeds.

Weeds of the Mackay Whit­sun­day Re­gion and its compa

nion book­let Con­trol Op­tions for Weeds of the Mackay Whit

sun­day Re­gion have been pub­lished by The Mackay Re­gional Pest Man­age­ment Group (MRPMG).

MRPMG chair­per­son Chris­tine Peter­son said the book would be an in­valu­able re­source for farm­ers, ru­ral res­i­den­tial own­ers, con­trac­tors and land car­ers.

“With nearly 250 weeds de­tailed, the book is a com­pre­hen­sive source of in­for­ma­tion on the preva­lent weeds in the re­gion - it will help with the first step in weed con­trol - cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing weeds,” she said.

Ms Peter­son said the com­pan­ion book­let, de­tail­ing con­trol op­tions, would help with the next step of ac­tual weed con­trol.

Copies of the book have been given to the re­gion’s li­braries and may also be pur­chased from the re­gion’s Land­care groups, Reef Catch­ments, Canegrowers district of­fices and Mackay Area Pro­duc­tiv­ity Ser­vices.

The book was funded by the Queens­land Govern­ment via Reef Catch­ments, Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil and MRPMG. Many man-hours were vol­un­teered to its de­vel­op­ment by stake­hold­ers of the MRPMG.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ob­tain a copy of the book, con­tact Johnelle Stevens on 0457 306 152 or email johnelle.stevens@reef­catch­ments.com.

NEW BOOK: Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s man­ager of li­braries and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Sharon Tol­lard and chair­per­son of the Mackay Re­gional Pest Man­age­ment Group Chris­tine Peter­son, with copies of the book Weeds of the Mackay Whit­sun­day Re­gion, which have been do­nated to the re­gion's li­braries.

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