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    12024: Rubber vine eradication in the Kimberley

    Project manager John Szymanski in the middle of a now dead rubber vine. Vine trunks are cut and painted with herbicide; ground surrounding large mature vines with seed pods is sprayed later to control new emergent seedlings. Courtesy Jenny Coleman.
    Project manager John Szymanski in the middle of a now dead rubber vine. Vine trunks are cut and painted with herbicide; ground surrounding large mature vines with seed pods is sprayed later to control new emergent seedlings. Courtesy Jenny Coleman.

    Rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) is a weed of national significance. The woody perennial vine colonises areas aggressively, forming impenetrable thickets with dense canopies. It smothers native vegetation, preventing human and animal access and reducing biodiversity.

    Rubber vine has severely impacted environmental and cultural values, tourism, recreation and grazing in Queensland. The vine is not found in the Northern Territory and only known at two locations in WA - on the lower Fitzroy River and lower Lake Argyle Catchment in the Kimberley.

    Over the next three years this project will target infestations in the Kimberley in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders engaged through the West Kimberley Rubber Vine Steering Committee and Lake Argyle Rubber Vine Advisory Committee.

    On-ground activities will search and control Rubber vine over approximately 125 000 ha.

    Investment: $ 1 000 000
    Delivery organisation: Rangelands NRM
    Project duration: July 2012 - June 2015
    Location: Lower Fitzroy River near Willare and Lower Lake Argyle Catchment

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