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Landholders to learn about Tropical Soda Apple

Tropical soda apple fruitA partnership between North Coast Local Land Services, Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee and Coffs Harbour City Council is bringing a Tropical Soda Apple control workshop to Coramba on 12 May to teach landholders about this noxious and aggressive weed.

The Orara River Priority Restoration Works Project is targeting Tropical Soda Apple eradication in riparian zones – areas along the riverbanks of the Orara River and its tributaries.

Tropical Soda Apple is an aggressive weed that invades riparian zones and pastures spreading very quickly reducing available grazing area and smothering native plants.  The weed is spread through cattle and birds feeding on the fruit, and through transport in baled hay or silage.  Targeting riparian zones is crucial in prevent the weed from being transported downstream to new areas.

To date the project team has worked on controlling Tropical Soda Apple on over 188 hectares of riparian zone along 51 kilometres of Orara Valley waterways.

Shaun Morris, Senior Land Services Officer, said, "Landholders are reminded that although it is possible to use hay or fodder that is baled from paddocks containing Tropical Soda Apple, they are not to move or sell it.  Landholders also need to keep cattle within their property for at least a week before transporting them if the property has had evidence of Tropical Soda Apple."

He continued, "Tropical Soda Apple is a very aggressive weed and landholders need to be vigilant with their control measures."

For information on this weed and help with control, landholders should contact their local council, NSW Department of Primary Industries on 02 6650 3111 or their North Coast Local Land Services office.

The Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee, North Coast Local Land Services and Coffs Harbour City Council will be holding a workshop on Tropical Soda Apple control on Tuesday 12 May 2015 at Heritage Park Coramba from 10.00 am till 12.00 pm.

A second workshop focusing on Weed Control for Native Bush Regeneration will be held on Tuesday 26 May from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm at the Coramba Nature Reserve.

Please call the Orara River Rehabilitation Project Officer on 6648 4661 for further information and to register your attendance.

Media contact:          

Shaun Morris, Senior Land Services Officer
Phone 6659 9402

Photo captions:   Tropical Soda Apple