Council to continue invasive plant inspection program

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Council is set to continue its work on weeding out declared pest plants listed in the Biosecurity Act 2014, following endorsement of the Pest Survey Program.

Invasive plants including Groundsel bush, rat’s tail grasses, Parthenium and Salvinia will be targeted.

The 12-month inspection program is designed to monitor the presence and extent of invasive plants in selected locations across the region.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said landholder support for the program was critical.

“The support council has received from landholders through this program has been really positive,” Cr McKay said.

“Without a team effort, it simply wouldn’t be possible for us to monitor and combat these environmentally damaging plants.

“Not only do these plants replace more productive grasses, they also invade and compete with pastures, destroy native wildlife habitat and impact upon livestock that eat the plants, all of which can have a huge economic impact on our farmers.”

Throughout the program, council officers will conduct inspections of privately owned land on properties with land size equal to or greater than 4000m2 within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.

Officers will inspect properties to confirm the presence or absence of invasive plants, monitor the effectiveness of control measures being undertaken, collect samples and provide information and education to help property owners with controlling these invasive weeds.

The program will be conducted in the localities of Beerwah, Booroobin, Conondale, Diamond Valley, Doonan, Dulong, Glenview, Harper Creek, Hunchy, Kiels Mountain, Landsborough, Meridan Plains, Mooloolah Valley, Palmview, Peachester, Perwillowen, West Woombye, Weyba Downs and Wootha.

Properties previously known to contain invasive plants will also be surveyed for ongoing compliance.

All residents have a General Biosecurity Obligation under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to manage invasive plants on land that is under their control.

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