Danger is sprouting after rain

IT IS not only grass that has sprung up since rains, plenty of dangerous plants are also growing around the region.

Biosecurity Queensland general manager Bruce Wilson said Bundaberg region landholders should be on the lookout for noxious weeds likely to pop up after the recent wet weather.

“Landholders should be prepared for controlling weeds when they emerge after the rain to prevent the growth and spread of these declared pests,” he said.

“Weeds that are known to thrive well in these conditions in south-east and southern Queensland include parthenium, giant rat’s tail grass, Chilean needle grass and water weeds, such as water hyacinth.”

Dr Wilson said residents should get to know what declared weeds look like and be on the lookout.

“Identify weeds or any unusual looking plants by contacting your local council or visiting the Biosecurity Queensland website via www.deedi.qld.gov.au and by clicking on ‘Biosecurity’ in the ‘Protecting Queensland’ box,” he said.

“Landholders are required to control declared weeds on their properties.

“One of the most cost-effective ways to control weeds is to stop them arriving on the property and eradicate any new infestations.”

For further information on weeds in Queensland or for declarations, contact the Biosecurity Queensland Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.

Support for parents

A NOVEL idea to console mums and dads feeling blue after seeing their youngster into prep year at school will be held on Friday, January 29.

The theme of Tea and Tears invites parents and guardians to have a cuppa and share the story of the first week of their children in prep class.

Kids Early Years Support (KEYS) staff will provide an information pack for children’s early years, health and education issues and services at the morning tea.

The Tea and Tears morning will be held at the Learning Centre next to the Biggenden State School from 9.30am until 10.30am.

Mobile Kitchen ready to roll

FOLLOWING a trial period, the brand new North Burnett Mobile Kitchen is now available for use by the community.

Costing nearly $135,000 and partly funded by the Federal Government, the kitchen solves the need for community groups to build kitchens at their venues which meet health requirements.

Many of which only use them once a year.

This mobile kitchen will help groups and clubs who need a full commercial kitchen for food preparation at their event.

Bookings should be made in advance.

The kitchen will cost $250 per day to hire with $150 for transport where required.

For further information, contact the council on 1300 696 272.

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