Emu

King Parrot Creek Post Fire Weed Control

Monday 9 November, 2009
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has received Federal funding through ‘Caring For Our Country' to support post-fire weed control along waterways in the catchment. The GB CMA plans to use this funding to make the most of the opportunity to control re-emerging weeds on waterways burnt in the Black Saturday fires.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has received Federal funding through ‘Caring For Our Country' to support post-fire weed control along waterways in the catchment. The GB CMA plans to use this funding to make the most of the opportunity to control re-emerging weeds on waterways burnt in the Black Saturday fires.

Christine Glassford, Upper Goulburn Waterways Team Leader said, "The GB CMA will employ approved contractors to spray or stem inject priority weeds along all major waterways burnt in February 2009 while infestations are manageable. The species targeted will mainly be woody weeds, including but not limited to, blackberry, gorse, broome and willow."

The King Parrot Creek will be the first waterway targeted in the program. Work is expected to begin in the last week of November. Landholders adjoining the King Parrot Creek have been sent notification of the proposed weed control and are asked to contact GB CMA staff in the Yea office on 5736 0100 to discuss any issues with access or works proposed.

Other avenues for support to undertake woody weed control are available through DPI for freehold land and through the Strath Creek Landcare Group for minor waterways and/or areas unburnt. To register your interest for support with weed control on private land, call DPI on 5784 0600 or Strath Creek Landcare, contact Peter Auty on 0422 867 949.

Landholders along burnt waterways may also be eligible for funding assistance of $8 per metre for waterway grant fencing. Interested landholders are encouraged to contact the GB CMA to obtain waterway grant assistance or further information. Normal grants still apply for landholders along unburnt waterways.

GB CMA assistance with weed control and the increased subsidy support for fencing is expected to be available for two years, pending 2010/11 Fire Recovery funding.

Release Ends

For more information please contact

Marli Kelly 0409 410 178