Tackling Noxious Weeds
04 March 2016
North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from Catchment Action NSW, is working with local councils and other partners to control the spread of emerging weeds.
Senegal Tea, a Class 1 Noxious Weed was recently discovered around a dam on a property in the Sherwood area. Demonstrating the ease at which uncontrolled weed infestations can spread, this infestation has now spread to the adjacent creek and into a small area of the Macleay River.
North Coast Local Land Services funding will be invested in helping control this outbreak, with the aim of preventing its spread before a flood event spreads it further downstream.
Funding is also being provided in Nambucca and Port Macquarie Hastings local government areas for control projects of other priority weed species such as Mysore Thorn, Kudzu, Ground Asparagus, Bitou Bush, Cats Claw Creeper and Cock’s Comb Coral Tree.
Port Macquarie Hastings Council will be working on control bitou and other weeds in littoral rainforest on Rocky Beach headland.
Max Osborne, Senior Land Services Officer, said of this project, “Rocky Beach Headland is an Endangered Ecological Community and work will include some abseiling weed work and follow-up control of invasive weeds.”
Nambucca Shire Council will be focusing on controlling four riparian infestations of Mysore Thorn in the Bowraville and Missabotti areas and will also be re-treating Cats Claw infestations within the Missabotti and North Arm sub catchments.
Max continued, “Controlling invasive weeds is an ongoing project that requires vigilance by local government authorities, community groups and landholders.
“We’re building relationships and providing funds to control priority outbreaks of emerging weeds in the hope that they won’t become established like weeds such as lantana have right along the NSW coast.”
The North Coast environment is perfect for many weeds to survive and thrive and landholders have a responsibility for preventing the spread of weeds on their land. Max said “Landholders can access a range of resources to help them identify weeds, such as the free app “NSW Weedwise” which profiles over 300 weeds, describing their legal requirements under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, control information and registered herbicide options.”
The NSW Noxious and Environmental Weed Control Handbook available from Department of Primary Industries and Weeds of the North Coast of NSW sponsored by North Coast Local Land Services, Local Control Authorities and published by Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare will help landholders identify the most common weeds on the North Coast.
Landholders who have questions about weeds on their property should contact their Local Council Weeds Officer.
Max Osborne, Senior Land Services Officer 6563 6710
Senegal Tea – an emerging Class 1 Noxious Weed