Agriculture Victoria urging action on serrated tussock
3 April 2017
Agriculture Victoria is urging landowners to continue taking action against the declared noxious weed serrated tussock, whose growth will have been boosted by recent high rainfall.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer, Annie Lamb said serrated tussock was of particular concern in the Nillumbik and Whittlesea municipalities.
"It has the potential to become widespread and established in the areas," Ms Lamb said.
"Over the past several years the Department has been, and will continue to work in these municipalities to check the spread of this highly invasive weed."
"A mature serrated tussock plant can produce thousands of seeds per season, which can be blown by the wind across the region and up to twenty kilometres from the parent plant," she said.
"One or two plants in a paddock or garden may seem insignificant, but it can quickly spread across the landscape and infest clean areas."
Ms Lamb said landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their properties to ensure they don't adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring properties, or impact on the natural environment.
"Our staff will be inspecting more than 100 properties and, where required issue directions notices to control serrated tussock," she said.
"If landowners don't act on these notices, penalties can apply.
"Agriculture Victoria is serious about enforcing action on priority species such as serrated tussock and all members of the local community need to do their bit."
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