Serrated tussock containment continues in Corangamite
10 September 2018
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity officers have inspected over 200 properties in the past 24 months to determine if Serrated tussock has spread beyond the Corangamite Catchment containment line.
The containment line spans in an arc from south of Winchelsea, through Beeac, Cressy, Dereel, Ballarat, Gordon to Ballan. Inspections along the containment line will continue to ensure infestations are not spreading into areas currently free of this declared noxious weed.
Agriculture Victoria Leading Biosecurity Officer James Rowe said Serrated tussock is a declared noxious weed in Victoria and poses a significant threat to western Victoria’s grazing industry, as it is highly invasive and unpalatable to stock.
“Serrated tussock can significantly reduce stocking densities, and due to its high fibre content, it can cause significant intestinal problems in livestock if their diet is predominately Serrated tussock.”
Mr Rowe said inspections will continue along the containment line, between Ballan and Lal Lal and into Gordon, covering approximately 100 properties.
“Satellite infestations have been identified as part of the program around the Ballarat area.”
Mr Rowe said individual properties within the project areas will be contacted prior to planned inspections and will be provided with information to assist with Serrated tussock identification and control.
“Landowners are encouraged to be involved in the inspections, to better understand how to identify Serrated tussock, how it may spread onto their properties and methods to prevent this occurring.
Mr Rowe said landowners have a legal responsibility to manage declared weeds so they don’t impact on neighbouring properties or the environment, and by working together communities can effectively manage Serrated tussock.
Being able to identify Serrated tussock is an important skill for landowners and managers, three quick ways to identify Serrated tussock include:
- The leaves roll smoothly like a needle between your finger and thumb. Most native species feel like they have flat edges
- The leaves feel serrated when rubbed from the leaf tip to the base of the plant
- The plant still appears green in summer, while other native plants may die off.
If you suspect you have found Serrated tussock please call 136 186.
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.
Contact Name: Mel Curtis
Contact Number: 03 5561 9938
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