Taming A Thorny Threat
27 March 2017
LANDHOLDERS in the north of Inverell Shire are being urged to be on the look out for one of Australia’s thorniest weed species, Harrisia Cactus, which is now in its flowering phase.
Council has kicked off a new two-year Harrisia Cactus control program, working with more than 32 landholders across farmland between Yetman and the Queensland border.
Following an earlier project to map infestations in the Shire, Council has been approaching landholders with Harrisia Cactus and offering funding assistance for herbicide and weed contractor expenses.
Inverell Shire Council mayor, Paul Harmon is encouraging landholders to also contact Council to report any new sightings.
“Landholders are in the best position to be spotting infestations. Given Harrisia is now flowering, we would like to hear from anyone who has seen infestations, on private or public land”.
Council Weeds Officer, Geoff Riley says with the species now in flower, it’s the perfect time to assess if the pest species has spread.
“Harrisia flowers open at night. They are pink to white and close up again early morning”.
To assist landholders to remain vigilant, Council is now erecting roadside signage in the Yetman area.
Cr Harmon says the aim of the program is to contain further spread of the weed and also remove the species from native pastures and timbered areas.
For many landholders, Harrisia’s sprawling infestations play havoc with mustering livestock and choke out native vegetation.
Mr Riley says the Harrisia problem is one being tackled collaboratively by a range of government agencies and grower groups in the Border Rivers region.
“There’s been a lot of work already done by our colleagues in Queensland and also to the west of us. The recent research trials undertaken near Goondiwindi, led by North West Local Land Services will also ensure we’re in the box seat to help landholders tackle the issue”.
The two year program is funded by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
|Image: L-R Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon, Environmental Compliance Coordinator Phil Sutton and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with roadside signage to be installed.|
For further information contact:
Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138 | Inverell NSW 2360