09081: Maintaining the WA blackberry containment line

    Successful blackberry control four months after treatment. Courtesy Leschenault Catchment Council
    Successful blackberry control four months after treatment. Courtesy Leschenault Catchment Council

    The blackberry containment line was established in 2008 as a barrier to prevent the southwards spread of North American blackberry through hybridisation with the European blackberry. Only the European variety of this invasive species can be effectively treated by the blackberry rust fungus.

    This project aims to continue to maintain the blackberry containment line by providing management services to private landholders and public land managers.

    Blackberry also will be targeted in the Wellesley River catchment because it directly influences downstream reaches of the Collie River that are within the containment line, and the Wellington National Park, which borders the buffer line and holds significant ecological values, including a suite of significant flora and fauna and ecological communities.

    Activities of the project will focus on enhancing river foreshore by carrying out on-grounds work and revegetation to increase the resilience of waterways from infestation or reinfestation from blackberry and other weeds.

    The project also will raise community awareness about the containment line and river restoration.

    Investment: $ 229 676
    In-kind contribution: $ 113 493
    Other contribution: $ 47 714
    Delivery organisation: Leschenault Catchment Council
    Project duration: June 2010 - September 2011
    Location: Wellesley River catchment and Wellington National Park, Leschenault catchment

    Major project achievements

    • 71.5 ha over nine broad areas treated for blackberry infestation.
    • 16 ha over eight sites targeted for revegetation (river restoration), with 10.5 ha of revegetation achieved.
    • Six workshops and training days held for the community, farmers and landholders to deliver technical advice on weeds of national significance and habitat rehabilitation.
    • GIS database further developed with information on blackberry distribution and treatment history, with input from landholders and spray contractors.

    Project partners

    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia; South West Catchments Council; Department of Water; Bunbury Corrective Services; BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina

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