No love for our African weed

THE spread of the African lovegrass weed throughout the North Burnett has prompted North Burnett Regional Council to support the establishment of the African Lovegrass Action Group.

The group will aim to work with all levels of government and individual landholders to create a management plan for African lovegrass containment zones within the Auburn River and Jackie Smalls Creek catchment areas.

Mayor Joy Jensen said a recent lovegrass field day at Narayen Station revealed the weed was spreading throughout the region and had a large economic impact on properties.

“African lovegrass has no nutritional value for stock and, because it’s extremely competitive with other pasture species, leads to loss of production, lowering returns and potential lowering in land resale value.

“It’s also a threat to our native grasses and the natural environment as it spreads quickly through its large, viable seed bank,” she said.

“The aim of the action group is to source funding for more research into how to manage this weed and to create a plan for the containment of the weed.

“The group will also be lobbying the state government about listing African lovegrass as a declared weed and council to have it declared at a local level.

“They will be conducting further management trials in conjunction with the Australian Agricultural College at Narayen and lobbying Main Roads and utility providers to spend more money on weed control.”

The group consists of representatives from Biosecurity Queensland, Main Roads, Landcare, the council, Australian Agricultural College and several private landholders.

The inaugural meeting on December 3 will be held at 8am at Eidsvold Hall.

For more information, telephone Lee Dorahy on 4165 5751 or 0427 654 773.
Market to roar today

THE Biggenden Lions monthly market is on today from 7am at the Lions Park at Biggenden.

Residents will find plenty of art, craft, fruit, vegetables and plants on offer.

The market is a great place to find early Christmas presents, while the Lions lucky envelope stall offers great prizes.

Raffles will also be held throughout the day.

And be sure not to miss Biggenden Lions’ popular barbecue breakfast.


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