Water Hyacinth - Information for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Water hyacinth is a State prohibited weed in Victoria. It is a floating aquatic plant, that can adversely affect water quality, native aquatic plants and fish, rapidly block waterways and impact on recreational activities such as fishing and boating. In Victoria, water hyacinth is in low numbers and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is working hard to eradicate it from the State.
It is illegal to buy or sell water hyacinth in Victoria, it is also illegal to display plants or place them in a waterway. Despite these laws, some members of cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have been prosecuted for trading it in the past. It is believed the trade of water hyacinth by migrants is often through confusion about the common use of the plant in their native country and a limited understanding of the plants legal status in Victoria.
Over the past two years, DEDJTR has been trying to raise awareness about water hyacinth within CALD communities and encouraging people to report and/or surrender any water hyacinth plants that they may have to DEDJTR. We have developed resources that provide important information about water hyacinth and information to assist those where language may be a barrier. All of our resources are based around an illustrated storyboard which was developed in consultation with members of the south-east Asian community.
By working together, we can hopefully protect our environment from this highly invasive weed.
Water hyacinth - not wanted here!
These products have been developed to provide important information to CALD communities in Victoria. They communicate information about the illegal status of water hyacinth and how to report sightings to DEDJTR.
Water hyacinth activity sheets
Bilingual fact sheets
Additional and supporting resources including posters and story booklets can be sent to you via post. Please contact the DEDJTR customer service centre on 136 186 to be sent a package of resources.