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Sagittaria Symposium brings key agencies together

Thursday 11 March, 2010
A Symposium on the management of pest-plant Sagittaria (commonly known as Arrowhead) will be held on Tuesday 18th March 2010 in Barooga.

A Symposium on the management of pest-plant Sagittaria (commonly known as Arrowhead) will be held on Tuesday 18th March 2010 in Barooga.

Key agencies from across the country responsible for weed management and managing rivers and wetlands as well as regulators of chemical use will attend along with landholders (or peak organizations) with an economic interest in Sagittaria management.

Chairperson for the event, Stephen Mills said that the aim of the symposium was to re-establish and confirm the approach of managing Sagittaria. "At the Symposium 1 in 2005 we defined the direction and strategy and determined a five-year plan to meet our goals. We will review this at the 2010 symposium and assign roles and responsibilities to various stakeholders. It is essential that we gain a commitment from everyone to define a path to meet those goals."

Sagittaria (commonly known as Arrowhead) is an aggressive and invasive pest plant that is very difficult and expensive to control. It is widely established in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Sagittaria is a pest plant of great significance to the irrigation industry - it blocks channels, drains and farm water distribution assets. It's destruction on the environment is also well documented. It is already established in creeks and rivers of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales and has the potential to spread widely in the Murray Darling Basin and the eastern seaboard. It can lead to a long term reduction in biodiversity values in waterways and wetlands.

The Sagittaria Symposium, to be held at Barooga, is an opportunity to see the problem first hand, renew or update commitment to managing Sagittaria and contribute to improvements to the Sagittaria Strategic Plan.

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