The natural areas team of Nick McLean, Ian Routledge and Andrew Beaumont with a felled guava tree at the Bargara Pasturage Reserve.
The natural areas team of Nick McLean, Ian Routledge and Andrew Beaumont with a felled guava tree at the Bargara Pasturage Reserve. Mike Knott

Weedbusters to the rescue

BUNDABERG gardeners are mistakenly planting weeds in their gardens which can cause problems further afield.

Bundaberg Regional Council spokesperson for natural resource management Councillor Danny Rowleson said even though they may look attractive, many plants could threaten the fragile environment if left unchecked.

"These plants can then replace native plants in the bush and destroy habitat for native wildlife," he said.

Bundaberg Regional Council manager of environmental services Nick McLean said invasive plants that were grown in gardens could spread after birds and flying foxes were attracted to their berries or seeds.

"What these guys (land protection officers) do is eliminate the whole seed component that spreads," he said.

"It's all about cutting that cycle."

Cr Rowleson said another major way weeds were spread was by the dumping of garden waste and pruning, either over back fences or in bushland.

He said plants such as ochna, broad-leaf pepper, Brazilian cherry, mock orange and duranta were becoming very common in bushland and reserves such as the Bargara Pasturage Reserve, where land protection officers were working to remove weeds.

To raise awareness and to identify invasive garden weeds, the council will hold a Weedbusters event tomorrow at Nielson Park, Bargara, at 10am.

Residents can bring along plants they wish to have identified. A walk through the Bargara Pasturage Reserve will start at 11am to highlight the risk posed to the reserve by garden weeds and will include a free sausage sizzle.

For more information, phone 1300883699.



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