Hamilton landowners fined over serrated tussock
18 December 2015
Two Hamilton landowners have been formally interviewed and issued Infringement Notices totalling $910 for failing to control serrated tussock on their properties.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Biosecurity Officer Nicole Garfi said the landowners were fined because they hadn't undertaken sufficient serrated tussock control and failed to comply with a Directions Notice.
"All 79 sites within the Hamilton and Dunkeld areas with recorded infestations of serrated tussock were inspected as a part of a 2015 program.
"Following initial inspections, only six of these sites required a Directions Notice for further control work which reflects a high rate of voluntary compliance," she said.
"Serrated tussock is Regionally prohibited weed within the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment, meaning that landowners have a legal responsibility to eradicate it from their properties where it occurs."
Ms Garfi said the program has been running for over a decade and is strongly supported by the Pierrepoint Land Protection Group.
"The Hamilton and Dunkeld infestations are the most western infestations in Australia, posing a significant threat of spread into areas that are currently unaffected by serrated tussock.
"A single mature serrated tussock plant has the capacity to produce approximately 100,000 seeds.
"We need everyone involved in the program, to keep their eyes open, be diligent and take action to prevent serrated tussock from gaining any further ground.
"All members of the local community need to do their bit to help control serrated tussock.
"Where this doesn't occur, DEDJTR may take enforcement action to support the efforts of landowners who work together to undertake control".
For more information about serrated tussock, see the pests, diseases and weeds section of the Victorian Agriculture website or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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