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Learning about Pasture Weeds

Giant parramatta grassNorth Coast Local Land Services invites landholders to attend a free Field Day to learn about Giant Parramatta Grass, an aggressive weed impacting on a range of agricultural industries on the North Coast.  The weed has invaded large areas of pasture throughout the Mid-North Coast and infestations can significantly reduce the productivity of pasture based agriculture.

Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer said, "Giant Parramatta Grass has a potentially major impact on beef cattle and silage production, with significant impacts for any pasture based agriculture, the environment, recreation and tourism.

"Landholders, contractors and agricultural suppliers who manage Giant Parramatta Grass issues will have real economic benefits by improving pasture productivity and farm biosecurity," Hugo said.

The Field Day will be held on 26 November at Valla Hall, Nambucca Shire, and is suitable for landholders, pasture contractors and agricultural suppliers who wish to learn more about Giant Parramatta Grass.

North Coast Local Land Services has invited Department of Primary Industries specialist David Officer to present information about the latest in control methods available to reduce the impact of this weed and the workshop will focus on chemical-free biological treatment as a low cost method. Attendees will participate in a farm paddock walk to show biological control in action.

North Coast Local Land Services is working closely with Nambucca Shire Council Weed Officer Tim Woodward to deliver this event. Tim has been instrumental in building regional capacity with biological control of Giant Parramatta Grass and continues to provide opportunities throughout the region.

Hugo continued, "We have invited Council weed officers and Landcare representatives from Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Nambucca, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour and the event provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to find out more about managing invasive weeds, improving pasture productivity and develop a support network with local experts."

The event will get underway at 10.00 am and conclude at 3.00 pm with lunch provided.  Attendees will need to bring sun protection (hat, long sleeved shirt, sunscreen), drinking water, notepad and car transport from Valla Hall to a nearby private property (about 2km) for the farm walk. For catering purposes those interested in attending are asked to RSVP. 

This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme.

To register your attendance or find out more information, contact Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer at North Coast Local Land Services on 6563 6707 or hugo.marree@lls.nsw.gov.au.

 Media contact:  Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer, 6563 6707

Photo caption: Giant Parramatta Grass has a major impact on agricultural productivity   
Image Credit North Coast Weeds