Controlling gorse at Middle Creek
15 February 2019
In March, Agriculture Victoria staff will commence inspections for gorse – a weed with a significant impact on agricultural productivity and the environment – in a new project area east of Buangor to Raglan. Eighty-seven properties covering approximately 7000 hectares in the area will be inspected and where required, notices will be served on landowners to control gorse.
The upcoming control project in the Buangor and Raglan areas will complement the work of the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group that has been working with the community to control gorse since 2007.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer, Brian Howlett, said the weed is a concern in all landscapes, especially along waterways and its control requires a community effort.
“Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their property to ensure they do not adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment,” Mr Howlett said.
Areas along the Hopkins River, and its tributaries, have benefited thanks to years of significant gorse control works coordinated by the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group, with support from the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and the Victorian Gorse Taskforce.
Since 2012, Agriculture Victoria has inspected 182 regional properties covering approximately 20,000 hectares as part of an ongoing gorse control program that supports sustained community-led action in the Ararat Rural City Council area.
Where landowners fail to comply with a notice to control gorse, they face potential fines under The Catchment and Land Protection Act (CaLP) 1994.
For more information, see our section on pests, diseases and weeds or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Contact Name: Justine Severin
Contact Number: 0436 674 804
Categorised under: Biosecurity,Agriculture