Garden centre fined $4500 for selling noxious plants
5 July 2016
A garden centre in south east Melbourne has been fined a total of $4500 for selling the noxious weed horsetail at its Braeside nursery.
The Moorabbin Magistrates' Court was told that in October last year the nursery had eight of the plants on display for sale.
Prosecutor Tanyth Young said the store manager and a company director had admitted to stocking the plants for most of 2015.
The magistrate fined the company $1500 on each of three counts of offering to sell, displaying and possessing a noxious weed.
Agriculture Victoria's Biosecurity Manger for the South east, Peter Kennedy, said it was an important result given the risk that horsetails (Equisetum spp.) pose to Victoria's agricultural industries and environment.
"Horsetails are among the world's worst agricultural weeds due to their invasive capabilities," he said.
"They contain chemicals that are toxic to livestock and have the potential to become persistent weeds of wetlands and other low-lying areas in southern Australia."
Horsetails are declared as State prohibited weeds in Victoria, the highest classification of declared noxious weed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.
If you think you may have horsetail plants or may have seen them, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186.
For more information about horsetail and invasive plant management please visit the Agriculture Victoria website at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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