Weeds present one of the most serious threats to northern Tasmania’s natural environment and agricultural productivity. NRM North’s program for managing high priority weeds coordinates the implementation of actions identified within the Northern Region Weed Action Plan. It provides coordination and support for key stakeholders, community organisations and landholders to tackle weeds across the region.
THE BIG PICTURE
The biodiversity values of high-priority vegetation communities will be protected and enhanced from an on-going program to control priority weed species.
Increased community awareness and engagement will help to reduce the spread of weeds and promote community involvement in weed management activities. Through this, the extent and density of invasive plant species will be reduced.
WHY THIS ACTIVITY IS IMPORTANT
With a strategic approach and the continued provision of best practice management advice and resources, stakeholders and the community are able to reduce the impact that weeds have on the environment and the economy.
A high priority of the activity is the development of partnerships with organisations to increase capacity to manage weeds. Provision of weed management information and resources to stakeholders remains a key focus of the activity along with accessing external funding for weed management activities.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED
• The Invasive Species Coordinator has been giving presentations and running field days for schools, organisations and community groups and continues to provide advice and information on best practice weed management. In addition, the Invasive Species Coordinator has provided training in weed identification and management, including weed hygiene and mapping, to land managers, contractors and council works staff across the region;
• The Invasive Species Coordinator has assisted farmers with on-site planning and implementation of weed management activities as a component of the Property Management Planning process. He has also provided site specific “best practice” advice for landholders involved in NRM North’s Small Farm Living Program;
• NRM North is working with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment to manage all known infestations of Serrated Tussock (a Weed of National Significance) across the region and is providing assistance to landholders to implement control measures at all of the sites;
• Control works for Bridal Creeper, Asparagus Fern, Gorse and Boneseed have been completed at numerous high-priority sites throughout the Tamar Valley, Dorset municipality and the east coast;
• NRM North is collaborating with Hydro at the Musselroe Wind Farm to implement control works for Gorse and African Boxthorn to help protect the Ringarooma Ramsar site and the vast area of reserved coastal land surrounding Cape Portland;
• Works have also been completed to control Cumbungi and African Boxthorn so as to protect the biodiversity values of Little Waterhouse Lake (Ramsar listed) and the adjacent Waterhouse Conservation Area; and
• The Invasive Species Coordinator is working with the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources to review the specification for maintenance on the state’s highway network, so as to improve effectiveness and reduce costs associated with their weed management procedures.
Through this activity, there has been an increased capacity by the region’s stakeholders to identify and manage weed species and to protect, maintain and enhance high-priority vegetation communities. There is a need for further training programs to increase the level of public awareness of weed identification and management. Continued education and awareness events are vital for increasing stakeholder involvement in activities to reduce the impact of weeds. Better planning of on-ground works with sub-regional NRM facilitators will increase the benefits of this activity.
Invasive Species Coordinator
p: 03 6333 7777