Moyston in grass frontline
Moyston Landcare Group is leading the charge against the only known infestation of Chilean needle grass in the Wimmera catchment.
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Project Platypus, Ararat Rural City Council, Moyston Country Fire Authority and Public Parks Committee and the Department of Primary Industries are also part of a program to control the highly invasive weed.
Moyston Landcare Group, Wimmera CMA and Project Platypus have prepared a management plan that recommends a combination of burning, chemical control and cleaning machinery to prevent further spread of the weed.
Moyston Landcare group secretary Rosie Nater said the group was resigned to the fact that the weed was impossible to eradicate so the focus was on control
“Having a plan that involves several groups and organisations gives us a better chance of making an impact,” she said.
She said how the weed arrived in Moyston was a mystery.
“It was first recognised on a block of land in the township where a statewide transport carrier had sheds and it then started to appear on public land in an around Moyston. It’s now starting to appear on private land,” she said.
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Posted on Aug 15 2012