Partnership of Landcare and shire bad for weeds

Kim Woods

GOING, GOING: Landcare project officer Kerri Robson and Granite Creeks Landcare Group chairman Neil Devanny inspect blackberry treated under the Strathbogie roadside weeds project.

JUST two years ago the list of weeds infesting the shire roadside near Strathbogie prime lamb producer David Jamieson’s farm was almost as long as his arm.

The native vegetation was choked by blackberry, St John’s wort, English broom, briar, honeysuckle, Paterson’s curse and bridle creeper.

But today, there’s a vastly different scene outside the farm.

A co-operative partnership between regional landholders and the Strathbogie Shire Council to tackle roadside weeds and pest animals has delivered significant benefits for the entire community.

In 2012, the State Government provided $150,000 in funding over three years to local governments to control weeds on their roadsides.

Landcare groups within the shire were keen to ensure the community received the best value for money so approached council to form a partnership.

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