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    13062: Tackling Weeds of National Significance in the Ashburton catchment

    Project manager Linda Anderson standing in a newly discovered bellyache bush infestation outside of Pannawonica. Courtesy Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee.
    Project manager Linda Anderson standing in a newly discovered bellyache bush infestation outside of Pannawonica. Courtesy Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee.

    The Ashburton catchment is home to three Weeds of National Significance - Bellyache bush, Mesquite and Parkinsonia.

    The weeds are limited in their distribution across the landscape but impact on townships, pastoral leases, indigenous communities and tourist destinations.

    Cross-tenure partnerships to manage these weeds are imperative.

    This project will:

    • develop and implement control programs for the three weeds
    • develop a management plan for Bellyache bush
    • conduct ground surveys and eradicate all known Bellyache bush from the catchment
    • train local parks and garden services in identifying and removing any future occurrences of Bellyache bush
    • continue active Mesquite and Parkinsonia control programs
    • provide public information targeted at removal of garden occurrences of significant weeds.
    Investment: $ 50 000
    Delivery organisation: Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee Inc
    Project duration: March 2014 - March 2015
    Location: Lower Ashburton catchment around Pannawonica and Onslow
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