Supporting community-led action on gorse
23 February 2017
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officers will inspect 64 properties in the Buangor/Dobie area to support the efforts of the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group to control gorse along the Hopkins River and its tributaries.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer Brian Howlett said the group, together with support from the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and the Victorian Gorse Taskforce, have coordinated significant gorse control works over a number of years to protect the Hopkins River.
"Gorse affects both agricultural productivity and environmental values.
"The weed's impact, especially on waterways, was of particular concern and Agriculture Victoria is supporting the community's efforts to control this declared weed," he said.
Mr Howlett said since 2012 Biosecurity Officers have inspected 118 properties covering 12,060 hectares as part of a gorse compliance program to support the group.
"Where required, landowners are issued with directions notices to control gorse.
"Landowners have a legal responsibility to control declared weeds on their property to ensure they don't adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring farms or the environment".
"Where declared weeds are not controlled, landowners and managers face potential penalties and fines under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994," he said.
Mr Howlett said as part of the program Upper Hopkins Land Management Group members may be entitled to receive some financial support from the group for gorse control within this year's project area.
"Landowners can find out more about this assistance by contacting Celia Tucker from the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group on 0409 138 581."
Categorised under: Biosecurity