Mount Alexander Shire Council - Chilean Needle Grass Workshop in Maldon
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Chilean Needle Grass Workshop in Maldon

The Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee is hosting a workshop to help people identify and control the Chilean Needle Grass weed on Sunday 30 October from 10.30am – 12.30pm.
 
Chilean Needle Grass is one of Australia’s worst weeds.  It invades native grasslands, agricultural land, roadsides and urban parks, gardens and recreational reserves.
 
It can displace palatable pasture species and can reduce productivity by up to 50 per cent over summer. Its seed readily attaches to stock, particularly sheep, and can cause injury by burrowing into the skin. Its presence in wool reduces quality and can be a major cause of downgrading.
 
Knowing what Chilean Needle Grass looks like - correctly identifying it - is one of the biggest challenges we face.  Without knowing what to look for, farmers, landholders and other community members may not know they have the weed on their property and should eradicate it.
 
Council is proud to promote a workshop being run by the Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee. The star of the day will be a healthy flowering weed contained in a sealed perspex box, so participants can compare it with our native plants.
 
The workshop will be held at the corner of Back Mount Road and Watersons Road, Maldon, starting at 10.30am and finishing by 12.30pm with a free sausage sizzle and cuppa.

Come along to enjoy the great outdoors and good company while helping to control a major threat to our natural environment. Dress for the occasion in warm clothes and sturdy footwear.  Bring water and sunscreen.

For further information contact Ian from the Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee on 0412 015 807 or email iangrenda@live.com
 

 

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Date Printed: 21/04/2014
Mount Alexander Shire Council  2014
Source: http://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/

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