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Annual weeds inspections begin

Eurobodalla Council’s invasive species team will soon begin inspecting rural and semi-rural properties between Narooma and Akolele for declared weeds.

Starting in Central Tilba in late February, the inspections will progress over seven months, wrapping up in the Wallaga/Dignams Creek area by the end of August 2021.

The checks are part of Council’s weeds inspection schedule that covers the whole shire, both rural and urban areas.

Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Martin said the team would visit properties in the southern part of the shire to look for weeds that posed a high threat to biodiversity and agriculture, such as lantana, blackberry, African lovegrass and St John’s wort.

Property owners will be issued with a report detailing any infestations, if found, and will be required to put control programs in place if they haven’t already done so.

“Everyone has a part to play in protecting our natural environment and agricultural industry from the threat of highly-invasive weeds,” Mr Martin said.

“The good news is, we’re here to help. We take an educative approach that lets people know what weeds are growing on their property and we can provide advice on how best to tackle them.”

Officers will introduce themselves on arrival, however residents do not need to be home for their property to be inspected.

Landholders can also get in touch to make a suitable date and time to go through the property together - phone Council’s Paul Martin 4474 1000 or email paul.martin@esc.nsw.gov.au to arrange a time.

Inspections will be progressively staged according to the schedule available on Council’s website. Roadside signage will be installed to notify communities the inspections are taking place.

More information about weeds in Eurobodalla, including the weed inspections schedule, is at https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/environment/invasive-species/weeds/weed-control-programs

Above: Eurobodalla Council is inspecting rural properties between Narooma and Akolele for declared weeds. Pictured is Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Martin.

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