Council alert to presence of new noxious weed species
November 21, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council is alerting landowners to the presence of several new noxious weeds to the area, all of which have already had a negative effect on pastoral land elsewhere within New South Wales.
The four main weeds of concern include Coolatai Grass, African Lovegrass, Alligator Weed and Tobacco Plant, all of which have recently been sighted throughout the Shoalhaven.
Council’s Noxious Weed Manager, Ian Borrowdale said he was highly concerned by the weed’s potential infiltration of the Shoalhaven saying all four weeds had already caused significant issues in other parts of the state.
“It is of vital importance that Shoalhaven landowners make themselves aware of the noxious weed species that are currently threatening to invade the local area,” said Mr Borrowdale.
“While Tobacco Plant and to a lesser extent African Lovegrass have already become established in parts of the Shoalhaven there have only been two known local Coolatai Grass and one Alligator Weed infestations.
“I would strongly encourage all local property owners to become familiar with the identification of these plants and ensure that immediate action is taken to control any outbreaks on local land.”
Mr Borrowdale said that each of the four weeds had the potential to cause major issues to local agricultural land making early recognition and management of the weeds essential.
Council’s Noxious Weed Officers are available to identify weeds on private property and help advise the best methods of control.
Management options will differ depending on the property and size of the outbreak.
For more information on Fireweed and appropriate control measures please contact Council’s Noxious Weeds Office on 4429 3832.