Tag Archives: weeds

Extreme weed control

By 7 January, 2014

TAMS are getting it out there just how far they’ll go to nasty with the prickly pears in the Molonglo Gorge:
Abseiling, normally a recreational activity, was today employed for a different purpose. A team of specialised contractors abseiled down the Molonglo Gorge in the fight against one of the region’s highly invasive weeds, Prickly Pear, [...]

Fireweed on the march again

By 16 August, 2013

TAMS are warning that the Madagascan Fireweed menace is still merrily bobbing along:
Canberrans are urged to be on the lookout for infestations of Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) which have been detected in the Gungahlin area.
“Infestations of Fireweed have been detected in large numbers close to the boundaries of Gungahlin Hill, Gungaderra, Mulangarri, Percival Hill, Mulligan’s [...]

Trade your weeds for natives

By 3 April, 2013

Finally all those weeds I’ve been cultivating in the backyard now finally have some value. For one weekend weeds are currency and I am a rich man.
Weed Swap is this weekend so get ready to trade your weeds away and get some native plants to replace them with. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
“On Saturday [...]

The fight against the English Broom

By 29 November, 2012

Territory and Municipal Services want you to know they’re making progress in their war against English broom in Namadgi National Park.
Over the past 20 years Namadgi National Park has worked in partnership with the Canberra Bushwalking Club to combat one of the region’s most invasive weeds, English broom.

“English broom seedlings can remain viable in the [...]

Weeds invade public space

By 26 November, 2012

The yellow flowered plants which have taken over the Glenlock Interchange former horse paddocks and also some of our roadsides are not lovely seasonable wildflowers but the declared pest plant StJohns Wort.
This weed has a ‘must be controlled’ and ‘protect priority sites’ status in the ACT yet ACT Government has allowed it to florish [...]

The return of the curse

By 22 November, 2012

Ben_Dover has noted some lovely purple blooms around town:
healthy looking crop of Patterson’s curse down at Aranda bushland again this year.
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Good Weed – Bad Weed? How to identify 27th October – Oaks Estate Community Hall

By 22 October, 2012

Weed identification workshop Sat 27th October 9.30-11.30am
Oaks Estate Progress Association, is pleased to support the Molongolo Catchment Group in their ongoing work along the Molongolo River.
For those who want to help with landcare/rivercare in our area, the Molongolo Catchment Group will conduct a Weed Identification Workshop, 9.30-11.30am Saturday October 27th,
Location is at the Oaks Estate  Community Hall, [...]

Beware the fireweed!

By 7 September, 2012

Territory and Municipal Services has issued a “Fireweed Alert” which sounds rather exciting:
Canberrans are urged to be on the lookout for infestations of Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) which were recently discovered in Crace, Forde, Franklin and Bruce.
“While the weed is commonly found in the surrounding NSW region, the first serious incursion of Madagascan Fireweed in [...]

Weed Swap!

By 23 March, 2012

[ 31 March, 2012 to 1 April, 2012. ] No it’s not a social gathering for the hydro crew, rather Territory And Municipal Services are providing an opportunity for Canberrans to swap their woody weeds (small invasive trees to the average punter) for native species.

“On Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2012 between 8:30 am and 4.45 pm, the biannual WeedSwap will be [...]

The war on weeds

By 31 January, 2012

Territory and Municipal Services are telling the world about their herculean efforts to control weeds in the ACT:
Weed control from 2009 to 2011 included:
– 1,963 hectares of Blackberry;
– 1,618 hectares of Serrated Tussock;
– 1,598 hectares of St John’s Wort;
– 895 hectares of African Lovegrass;
– 615 hectares of Paterson’s Curse;
– 576 hectares of Chilean Needlegrass;
– 375 [...]

Plants for Weeds

By 4 November, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services have announced you can swap weeds for native plants this weekend:
On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, the biannual Weed Swap Program will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane Tip.
Weed Swaps [...]

Beware the Madagascan Fireweed

By 14 October, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services are warning against the invasion of Madagascan Fireweed:
Canberrans are being urged to be on the lookout for a new incursion of weed species that has recently been identified in the ACT – Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis).
“While the weed is commonly found in the surrounding NSW region, this is the first serious [...]

Stay away from the blackberries as TAMS wages war on weeds

By 6 September, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services has announced they’re investing $3.5 million to attack the weeds around Canberra.
“Above average rainfall last summer encouraged the spread of a number of invasive weeds, in particular, Blackberry and St John’s Wort,” said Steve Taylor, Senior Invasive Weeds
Officer, Parks and Conservation. “Other highly invasive weeds have also taken advantage of [...]

Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Mt Rogers Woody Weed Berry Blitz

By 1 April, 2011

[ 10 April, 2011; ] Sunday the 10th of April will see Conservation Volunteers Australia and Mount Rogers Landcare Group join in an attempt to stage a blitz on woody environmental weeds including Cotoneaster, Privet, Pyracantha, Briar rose and the occasional Broom & Hawthorn.

These weeds all produce berries which are eaten and dispersed by birds, spreading them around the area and [...]

Weed Swap!

By 31 March, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services are running a weed swap this weekend.
On Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, the biannual Autumn Weed Swap Program will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane Tip.
Weed Swaps occur twice [...]

Stanhope to make the willows weep

By 20 August, 2010

I like willows.
I like the way they look, the sound they make as they move in a breeze, the way their roots build up a shoreline, the way the highlight a watercourse across a landscape.
And I’ve got a soft spot for ratty and mole
Jon Stanhope does not like willows. His government likes to go [...]

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