Hamilton serrated tussock surveillance broadened
17 June 2016
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officers will be widening their surveillance area for serrated tussock when they return to Hamilton and Tarrington over June and July.
Biosecurity Area Manager Ryan Cooke said the work will complement the inspection of 78 infested sites at Hamilton and Dunkeld during the same period, which are managed annually to ensure that ongoing control work is undertaken by landowners and further spread is prevented.
Mr Cooke said surveillance beyond the known infestation area is critical to ensure that any further spread is detected and actively managed.
"Previous surveillance undertaken in other parts of the project area identified a number of new infestations, so detecting these sites is critical to the long-term success of the program.
"Landowners in the surveillance project area will receive notification of an intended visit and will be provided with information and advice regarding serrated tussock identification and management during the inspection," he said.
Mr Cooke said serrated tussock is considered a significant threat to western Victoria's grazing industries and hasn't been recorded west of Hamilton.
"A number of sites where serrated tussock was initially detected and where ongoing treatment has been undertaken will transfer into biannual monitoring by Agriculture Victoria this year. This follows several consecutive years without detection."
Mr Cooke said the program aimed to reduce the density of current infestations and prevent further spread of serrated tussock into 'clean' areas in south-western Victoria.
"The program aims to ensure landowners in these areas have the necessary tools to identify serrated tussock and undertake annual control," he said.
"Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage declared weeds on their property to ensure they don't adversely affect neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment."
For more information about weed management visit the Agriculture Victoria website at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/weeds or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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