Blackberries the target of Good Neighbour Project

BLACKBERRIES: Blackberries along the Delatite River will be sprayed under the Good Neighbour Project.

A NEW blackberry control program is scheduled to begin along the Delatite River under the Good Neighbour Project.

Run by both the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Mansfield Shire Council, the spraying will be conducted along Hearn’s Crossing, south of the Mt Buller Road.

The Good Neighbour Project is in its first year and is designed to target areas where pest weed species have become invasive, under the shire’s Weeds Roadside Management Strategy.

DELWP’s environmental planner for the Hume region, David Donehue, said the decision to spray had come about after meeting with farmers, interested landholders and the shire.

“A meeting was held last month with the shire and other local land managers to discuss the need for a more integrated approach to addressing pest plant and animal issues,” Mr Donehue said.

“Forming partnerships and understanding the need for combined projects ensures that we get a far better result.

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