Noxious weeds to cop a spray

Published on 09 February 2018

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Blackberry has been a thorny issue and tops a list of noxious weed Corangamite Shire Council is working to control.

Council’s 2017/18 blackberry and roadside weed control programs are under way until the end of May 2018.

Mayor Jo Beard said contractors would be spraying the Shires’ roadsides for a range of noxious and environmental weeds.

“When all weed treatments are added together there will be a massive total of 3693 kilometres of roadsides treated for various weeds in the next three months,” Cr Beard said.

“The main weed species to be targeted include ragwort, sweet pittosporum, pampas grass, gorse, St John’s wort, boxthorn, sweet briar, mirror bush, English ivy and cape ivy.”

Cr Beard said the budget for this years’ program was more than $218,000, with the largest proportion to be spent fighting blackberry.

“Blackberry has been officially designated a Weed of National Significance because of its invasiveness and serious damage to the environment and the economy.

“Our contractors will be spraying a total of 1280 kilometres of roadsides both sides for Blackberry alone.

“Almost a third of our Shire’s economy depends on the agricultural sector so it’s essential that we do everything we can to control these weeds and prevent them spreading to farmland.”

Cr Beard encouraged landowners to do their part in a combined effort.

“Council sprays the roadsides but by controlling weeds on your own land, you can help stop them spreading. Council’s control work also aims to stop weeds potentially spreading into new areas.”

For more information and advice, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186.