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Media Release - Council calls on locals to become Weed Busters!

11th July 2018

Council would like residents to be aware that after the March flood events there is an increased risk of new and emergent weed species spreading into the Hinchinbrook district, particularly in areas where flood waters have entered.

Councillor Kate Milton said ‘The March floods were primarily the result of water travelling down from the Upper Herbert River Catchment which has increased the possibility of the dispersal of weed species such as Gamba Grass, Siam Weed, Mikania Vine and others that have previously not been prevalent in the Shire.’

‘Council have published a Become a Weed Buster flyer that specifies how to identity and manage some of the weeds we need to be on the lookout for in the Shire, I urge you to have read of it and share it with your friends and neighbours; the best weapon we have in the fight against weeds is knowledge and being able to identify them. Tools that can help you identify weeds include the Weed Spotter App, the Hinchinbrook Local Government Biosecurity Plan, Council’s website and your local agricultural suppliers; alternatively residents can send weed specimens to either the Queensland Herbarium or Hinchinbrook Shire Council, details regarding this are in the Weed Buster flyer.’

‘It is important that landholders become aware of these weeds and how to identify and control them. If spotted early landholders have a much better chance of eradicating them. Controlling a few plants before they get a chance to build up a seed bed is much easier than having to deal with a large infestation.’

To access the Become a Weed Buster flyer please visit Council’s website, Land and Pest Management page, visit Council’s Main Office 25 Lannercost Street Ingham or visit your local agricultural supplier.


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