Weeds & Pests

A significant water weed has been removed from an Armadale waterway after a member of the public reported a sighting to the Department of Agriculture and Food.
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People are reminded to be vigilant when buying aquatic plants, after two of Australia’s worst water weeds were recently found for sale.

Department of Agriculture and Food research officer Sandy Lloyd said salvinia had been found for sale online, incorrectly named giant duckweed. 

Salvinia is a Weed of National Significance which can devastate waterways and severely impact on the environment, agriculture, and tourism.

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The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has warned of a rapid increase in rabbit numbers across Victoria this summer – and landholders need to act now.

DPI Biosecurity Manager for Established Invasive Animals, John Matthews, said data indicates rabbit numbers are starting to rise from a 15 year low.

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A number of landowners in the Glenlyon and Lauriston areas have had Infringement Notices issued for failure to control gorse on their properties.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Officer Martin Deering said the landowners were fined because of their inaction in controlling gorse.

“The Glenlyon and Lauriston communities sought assistance from DPI to deal with poor landowner performance in relation to gorse control,” Mr Deering said.

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A Kilmore landowner pleaded guilty in the Seymour Magistrates Court in November to a charge of failing to comply with a Land Management Notice to control serrated tussock on his property.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Officer Kate Cunnew said the landowner was ordered to pay a $2000 fine for failing to treat the serrated tussock within the time frame specified on the notice.

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The battle to stop the spread of weeds in Queensland received a boost this week with the launch of a new online identification tool to support the Queensland Government’s Flood Recovery Program.

The Weeds of Australia toolkit has been initiated by Biosecurity Queensland in partnership with the Centre for Biological Information Technology, and will help the community to identify over 1,000 different types of weeds.
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The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and NSW Department of Primary Industries has launched a number of new websites including, ToadScan, FeralPigScan, FoxScan, ToadScan, RabbitScan. These websites give small farmers the opportunity to map sightings, damage and control of feral pests anywhere in Australia to improve the way pest animals are managed at the landscape level. FeralScan has received overwhelming community participation with more than 8,000 records of feral pests entered by 4,500 participants Australia-wide since it was launched in January this year.

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A Victorian landowner has been convicted, fined $500 and ordered to pay $38,747 in compensation costs to the Department of Primary Industries for failing to control rabbits on his property.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court made the decision after the DPI entered the property and undertook rabbit control works recently.

DPI biosecurity area manager Mark Farrer said the DPI conducted rabbit and invasive plant compliance programs to support the community effort and protect high value environmental and agricultural assets.

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IPM involves the use of biological, cultural and chemical techniques to manage pests. It offers farmers an alternative to conventional practices where chemicals are often used exclusively.

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