Wheat

New book raises weed awareness

Thursday 28 August, 2008
A new book released by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) is not only helping land managers recognise harmful weeds, but is also being used as a curriculum tool by local education providers.

A new book released by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) is not only helping land managers recognise harmful weeds, but is also being used as a curriculum tool by local education providers.

Greg Wood, Catchment Coordinator from the Department of Primary Industries said this is the 3rd edition of the Weeds of the Goulburn Broken book and the feedback we're getting is all positive. The major difference from the previous editions is the inclusion of an additional 25 aquatic and riparian weeds.

"The aim of the book is to provide all land managers, public and private, with a locally relevant field guide to help them identify environmental and agricultural weeds in their area. It's small, durable and waterproof and is designed to live in the glove-box of the ute".

"Not only is this a great tool for land managers, but primary schools and Goulburn Ovens TAFE use it as a learning tool," said Mr Wood.

Karen Rogers, Horticulture Teacher at Goulburn Ovens TAFE said this is a terrific resource that encourages us to think about weeds, how they spread, the problems they cause and to be more effective in what we do to control them.

"The guide is easy to use and contains a host of weeds causing problems in our region. My horticulture students all use this guide and appreciate it!"

Phillip Ross Soden a farmer at Strathmerton said he carries his weed book with him everywhere.

"If I find a new weed, I refer to my weed book and call my agronomist to find out the best way to eradicate it".

"I recently found Silver-leaf Nightshade in the corner of one of my paddocks. It's an attractive plant and I didn't think it would be harmful, but when I looked in the weed book, I realised it's a bad one and can be toxic to animals and crops," said Mr Ross Soden.

The GBCMA launched the new book The Weeds of the Goulburn Broken last week and also celebrated the completion of the Broken Boosey State Park Fencing project. If you would like a copy of the latest edition of Weeds of the Goulburn Broken, please contact the Goulburn Broken CMA on 58 201100.

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Greg Wood, DPI on 0354 509549 or 0418 308425

Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity on 0400 644 637