Ser­rated Tus­sock found in Moira

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

A Re­gion­ally Pro­hib­ited Weed, Ser­rated Tus­sock, has been iden­ti­fied in the Moira Shire for the first time.

Moira Shire Coun­cil are cur­rently work­ing with Agriculture Vic­to­ria to erad­i­cate this weed from the re­gion.

Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica said the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion, par­tic­u­larly of new out­breaks, mean these out­breaks can be eas­ily man­aged.

“It is es­ti­mated the an­nual cost of in­va­sive plants to Aus­tralian Agriculture is $4 bil­lion through yield losses and prod­uct con­tam­i­na­tion,” Cr Mus­tica said.

“We are com­mit­ted to a long term, five year pro­gram to con­trol weeds along coun­cil man­aged road­sides.

“The Road­side Weeds and Pests Pro­gram over the last two years has con­trolled weeds on ap­prox­i­mately 1,460km of road­sides or 44% of our to­tal ru­ral road length of 3,300 km.

“In ad­di­tion our op­er­a­tions teams are con­tin­u­ally iden­ti­fy­ing and con­trol­ling weeds within our towns.”

The preven­tion, man­age­ment and erad­i­ca­tion of in­va­sive weed species can only be achieved in part­ner­ship with in­dus­try, com­mu­nity and govern­ment.

“There are some im­por­tant things you can do to pre­vent the spread of in­va­sive weed species,” Cr Mus­tica said.

“If you are a grower al­ways ask if the seller of your seed is a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Seed Fed­er­a­tion to en­sure you ‘Know Be­fore You Sow’, plus en­sure your seed is cer­ti­fied or qual­ity as­sured.

“Know what plant you are buy­ing – is the plant na­tive or ex­otic, in­va­sive or non-in­va­sive?

“Plant indige­nous species that are suitable gar­den plants and re­port any in­va­sive species found on road sides or re­serves to Moira Shire Coun­cil.

“Al­ter­na­tively, re­port ‘state pro­hib­ited species’ to Agriculture Vic­to­ria on 136 186.

“By work­ing to­gether we can sup­port our com­mu­nity, agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

A com­pre­hen­sive list of in­va­sive plant species in Vic­to­ria can be found on Agriculture Vic­to­ria’s web­site

Ser­rated Tus­sock has been found in the Moira Shire for the first time.

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