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Weeds invade public space

By ArandaBill 26 November 2012 23

st johns wort

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 adjacent the Black Mountain Reserve, the Aranda Bushland Reserve and the National Arboretum at Glenlock.

It is phytotoxic to wildlife and some domestic animals.

Private landholders in the ACT and NSW are required to control it, the ACT Government leaves it to florish in public spaces.

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GardeningGirl 2:59 pm 27 Nov 12

EvanJames said :

Thumper said :

Weed control is extremely expensive so don’t expect the government to do anything about it soon.

Much easier to knock down willows and denude lake and river banks in the name of the environment.

Not to mention those magnificent cottonwood things that surrounded historical Duntroon oval. I guess that’s more important than preventing pastureland being competely wrecked by voracious weeds. They’ve NEVER tried to control blackberry, it’s rampant everywhere surrounding the city.

They control blackberry. I’ve often seen signs warning not to eat because it’s been sprayed (at least I have out round Cotter). Doesn’t seem to stay controlled though cos it always seems to be there. I rang once to find out what they were using to hose a thicket of something (similar but not blackberries) over the back fence and they insisted it was “Zero just like you use at home”. If true no wonder they’re not getting anywhere. Or perhaps they didn’t want to admit they were using stronger stuff so close to housing. Whatever, it didn’t work, the thicket grew back. Meanwhile I use to wonder when they were going to get rid of the pampas grass visible from Hindmarsh Drive and the Parkway. It never ever looked to be sprayed (I reckon a bulldozer would’ve been more effective anyway for that particular situation). Isn’t pampas grass considered a noxious weed now too? But at least the riverbanks are bare, a conspicuous show of how the government is right on top of the situation.

EvanJames 2:21 pm 27 Nov 12

Thumper said :

Weed control is extremely expensive so don’t expect the government to do anything about it soon.

Much easier to knock down willows and denude lake and river banks in the name of the environment.

Not to mention those magnificent cottonwood things that surrounded historical Duntroon oval. I guess that’s more important than preventing pastureland being competely wrecked by voracious weeds. They’ve NEVER tried to control blackberry, it’s rampant everywhere surrounding the city.

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