Serrated tussock inspections coming to Corangamite
23 January 2017
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officers will undertake up to 200 property inspections in early 2017 to determine if serrated tussock has spread beyond the Corangamite Catchment containment line.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Area Leader James Rowe said the original containment line was established in 2007 by conducting inspections along the western edge of known serrated tussock infestations, providing a focus for control programs.
"Ten years later, Authorised Officers will be inspecting the western side of the containment line in the Winchelsea South, Beeac, Weering, Cressy, Werneth, Cape Clear, Berringa and Grenville areas, to assess how successful the program has been to prevent further spread and to identify areas of future focus.
"Serrated tussock is a declared weed in Victoria and poses a significant threat to western Victoria's grazing industry, as it is highly invasive and unpalatable to stock, he said.
Mr Rowe said individual properties within the program area will be contacted prior to planned inspections and will be provided with information to assist with serrated tussock identification and control.
"This is an important project which will continue to reduce the spread into unaffected areas and will provide landholders with the necessary tools to manage serrated tussock, should it one day arrive on their property," he said.
Mr Rowe said the program will span a number of local government areas and that properties will be comprehensively mapped for the presence of serrated tussock.
"Landholders will be encouraged to be involved in inspections, as they have a legal responsibility to manage declared weeds so that they don't impact on neighbouring properties or the environment."
For more information about weed management visit the Agriculture Victoria website or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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