Council knocking off noxious weeds

A Noxious Weed Control Program is kicking off across the Central Goldfields Shire today.

Contractors will deliver a program of spraying across nature strips in Maryborough, Carisbrook, Talbot, Dunolly, Majorca, Timor and Bealiba.

The program will spray against the noxious weed Caltrop (Bindii).

According to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the weed, originally from South America, produces a

seed capsule protected by spines. The seed prickle is very sharp and makes it impossible to walk on a badly infested lawn in bare feet.

Residents may see a vehicle with a spray tank, and contractors with a backpack hand-held spray unit and marker dye on the nature strip where spraying has taken place. The chemicals used are safe, and there is no cause for residents to be concerned.

The program is State Government funded — under the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program 2017-19, administered by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.

Central Goldfields Shire Council manager operations Glenn Deaker said the council is conducting its Weed Control Program from today to Friday, March 15.

For more on this story see Page 2 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 5

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