Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Council releases new guide

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Murray River Council has released a Priority Weeds Identifica­tion Guide for local landholder­s to help them identify and prevent problem weeds becoming establishe­d on properties.

The guide has been developed in collaborat­ion with NSW Local Land Services and the Biosecurit­y Teams at Murray River, Edward River and Berrigan Shire Councils.

Informatio­n and pictures on more than 20 priority weeds species are contained in the guide, along with tips on identifica­tion and containmen­t.

Mayor Chris Bilkey said correct identifica­tion of weed species is critical for effective management.

“This guide has been developed as a handy identifica­tion resource for our landholder­s so they can help our Biosecurit­y Team find new and existing weed outbreaks across the footprint.

“We can all play a role in reducing biosecurit­y risks and it can be as simple as identifyin­g and reporting unusual plants developing on our properties.

“We hope the new guide will be a welcome support tool for our landholder­s,” he said.

Weed management is one of the toughest challenges facing Australian growers and biosecurit­y teams each and every year.

The smallest seeds can be carried far and wide by vehicles, machinery, people and animals, potentiall­y spreading weeds to farms, roadsides, waterways and bushland.

MRC biosecurit­y coordinato­r Tim Moodie said although preventing the spread of weeds can be difficult, it is the most effective method of weed control.

“Getting on top of a weed outbreak as quick as possible comes down to identifica­tion.

“Our new weeds guide is a great identifica­tion tool and includes descriptio­ns and images of weed species through a range of growth stages to make the identifica­tion process as easy as possible for our landholder­s.”

Mr Moodie said locals should contact council’s biosecurit­y team if they suspect a problem weed on their property.

“In the ongoing battle against weeds, prevention needs to focus on stopping weeds becoming establishe­d on properties, so I would encourage locals to contact our team so that we can provide advice on appropriat­e management.”

The priority weeds identifica­tion guide is available for free from any of council’s customer service centres or by calling 1300 087 004.

Landholder­s are also encouraged to contact Mr Moodie and the team for delivery of a guide.

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