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Media Release - Natural Resource Management Forum to bring invasive weed issues to the forefront

8th February 2018

Herbert River Catchment and Landcare Group are holding a free Natural Resource Management, Managing Pest and Weeds Better in the Hinchinbrook Shire Forum, for landholders and other interested parties to help identify and control invasive pest weed species.

The forum will help land managers understand the financial and environmental implications invasive plants could potentially have on their crop or livestock production.

Hinchinbrook Shire Councillor Kate Milton said ‘Invasive weeds such as Navua Sedge, Singapore Daisy, Giant Sensitive Plant, Siam Weed, Giant Rats Tail, African Tulip and others have been threatening our shire for many years. Land managers and Council staff have been fighting back large scale infestations by trying to control the spread of these weed species where possible.’

‘Council and other government bodies are always on the lookout for any new invasive plants with early detection and knowledge of how to identify problem plants being the best tools we have in the fight against weed infestations.’

‘I strongly encourage farmers to be vigilant and report any new or unusual weeds as soon as they appear.’

Residents involved in farming enterprise such as Aquaculture, Cane, Cattle, Equine, Horticulture, as well as gardeners, landscapers, nursery owners, and those working to manage weeds within the Shire are encouraged to attend the Managing Pest and Weeds Better in the Hinchinbrook Shire Forum, TYTO Conference and Events Centre, 22-23 February 2018. The forum will give attendees the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the weeds and pests which are threatening the Hinchinbrook Shire lands and its waterways.

For more information regarding the forum please visit Council’s website, Community Events Calendar page. To book a place at the forum please contact Sandra Coco, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL) on (07) 4776 1808 between 8.00am - 2.30pm.

Attachments: Managing Pest and Weeds Better in the Hinchinbrook Shire Forum agenda and promotional flyer

Image: Councillor Kate Milton (left) with HCPSL Manager Lawrence Di Bella (centre) and Councillor Wally Skinner (right) inspect invasive weed species Navua Sedge in Ingham.

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