Murrindindi Council will spend $120,000 eradicating weeds and pests along 250-400kms of the Shire’s roadsides over the next two years.
Contractors will spray and use other control methods along the Shire’s roadsides, targeting Blackberry, Sweet Briar, Gorse, St John’s Wort, Paterson’s Curse, Cape Broom, and English Broom, which are all regarded as Regionally Controlled Noxious Weeds.
Council’s weed control works are partly funded by the State Government, which assists us to carry out weed control programs.
Natural Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Councillor Rebecca Bowles said the roadsides to be sprayed for weed control were chosen for a variety of reasons.
“These reasons might include where the roadsides are located, for example, they might be in a highly significant area, and/or contain rare, threatened or endangered species.
“We also work closely with the State Government to complement its programs, like those targeting blackberries,” Cr Bowles said.
“At the community level, we also work closely with Landcare and Blackberry Action groups.
“Spraying has already commenced and year one of the program is expected to be completed in early 2018.
“I would also stress property owners with land adjoining these areas need to carry out their own weed control on their properties to ensure we achieve the most effective results – a joint effort will always achieve the best outcome,” said Cr Bowles.
A list of roadsides to be treated is available on Council’s website at http://www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/roadsidesandreserves or for further information you can contact Council’s Environment Officer, Sue McNair on (03) 5772 0702.