“Mount Alexander Shire Council has a funding agreement with the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP), for priority roadside weed control works – the Roadside Weeds and Pests Management Program (RWPP). Council desires to ‘plan and implement control activities for the long-term management of ‘regionally prohibited’, ‘regionally controlled’ and ‘restricted’ weeds on rural roadsides.”
As a local Landcare Group this is where we came in. Each of the last three years we have successfully gained a small Grant to assist us in weed control along our rural roads. If you look at our page on the Top 10 Weeds they are all present in our area. If you had a look at the photos (before and afters) you will see that in White Gum Road alone there was Broom, Blackberry, Gorse, Briar Rose, Patterson’s Curse … and the other day I spotted a Gazania (Oh dear!). So we cover White Gum Rd, Hillview Rd, Karingal Park Drive, Carrs Rd, Peelers Rd, Blackjack Rd, Specimen Gully Rd, Congdon Rd, School Rd … and more.
As local Community members of Barkers Creek we decided that we have a vested interest in making sure that all these weeds are cleaned up properly. So we are happy to do this on behalf on the Council and the State Government – DEWLP.
Really it’s great fun, particularly if you like walking a few kilometres.
What we hope now is that Council and the Government renew this funding for the next three years … because we all know if you don’t keep treating weeds then they will come back.