Winning war on waterweed
PEOPLE who live along the banks of the Burnett River upstream from Cedars Bridge are to be asked to help fund the fight against a weed that threatens the health of the waterway.
The Bundaberg Regional Council has called a meeting on Tuesday, March 9, in the Pine Creek Hall from 7pm to discuss the response to the issue.
The problem is an intrusive waterweed called Hymenachne that threatens to choke the river and affects species such as snapping turtles and lungfish.
Council natural resources manager Nick Maclean said Hymenachne was a South American species that was introduced as ponded fodder in central Queensland, but it had since escaped from cultivation.
It had also been planted in northern Queensland and the Northern Territory, and was now a serious threat to wetlands in those areas.
“It can take off quite easily in our climate,” Mr Maclean said.
The council mainly uses an amphibious vehicle called a Truxor to control the weed with a combination of spraying and physical removal.
Mr Maclean said the last time an infestation occurred, in 2007, it cost the council about $40,000 to control.
That money came mainly from federal funding and other sources, but had now been exhausted.