Valley

Is that a weed?

Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Learn to identify weeds such as cabomba. 

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Benalla Rural City Council are hosting a workshop in March to help the community identify aquatic weeds.

Goulburn Broken CMA Environmental Water Project Officer Jo Wood said the workshop would help participants identify invasive weed species such as Cabomba and Arrowhead, and increase their understanding of weeds' impact on the environment.

"The skills and knowledge gained from the workshop will also mean that community members can help the CMA identify new populations of weeds and with surveillance of current infestations," Ms Wood said.

Presenting at the workshop will be National Aquatic Weeds Co-ordinator Andrew Petroeschevsky, Noosa Landcare's Phil Moran and Tony Dugdale from DPI Biosecurity.

"We encourage all interested community members, as well as members of Landcare and other groups to attend," Ms Wood said.

The workshop complements the project to manage the infestation of Cabomba within Lake Benalla and is supported through the Commonwealth Government's Caring for Our Country initiative.

The Aquatic Weed Identification Workshop will be held on Tuesday 12th of March from 9am to 1.30pm at the Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla.

The workshop is free but participants must register their interest by contacting reception@gbcma.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Goulburn Broken CMA on 58201100 by the 1st of March.

For more information visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au