Serrated tussock inspections at Hamilton and Dunkeld
25 May 2015
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) staff have begun property inspections for Serrated tussock in the Hamilton, Dunkeld and Mt Napier areas.
DEDJTR Biosecurity Officer Dallas Gooding said serrated tussock infestations within these areas are considered to be isolated from the core infestation located in the Port Phillip Region closer to Melbourne.
"Officers have carried out inspections of all known sites in these areas, on an annual basis in an effort to control infestations and prevent further spread.
"Through the delivery of the 2014 program, properties infested with serrated tussock were reported to have generally reduced in density across the project areas. However, several new sites were detected at Dunkeld in close proximity to the current program area," she said.
"These sites will now be managed as a component of the broader Dunkeld project. An intensive surveillance program was undertaken at the time, adjacent to these properties to ensure there were no further outliers."
Ms Gooding said the program aims to prevent further spread of serrated tussock into unaffected areas of western Victoria and ensure landholders in these areas have the necessary tools to identify serrated tussock and control the weed should it invade.
"DEDJTR staff are inspecting 65 properties in the Hamilton and Mt Napier area and 15 properties at Dunkeld, as well as a number of roadsides and parcels of public land," she said.
"Where serrated tussock is identified, we will issue legal notices to property owners to undertake control over winter.
"Serrated tussock poses a significant risk to agriculture and the environment and it is important infestations are controlled before flowering in spring," Ms Gooding said.
"Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage declared noxious weeds and pest animals on their property to ensure they don't adversely affect neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment."
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