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    15071: Addressing priority weeds in the Capes region

    Arum Lily at Wilyabrup Brook
    Arum Lily at Wilyabrup Brook

    The Capes region is located in an area well recognised for its biodiversity values. It is within a global biodiversity hotspot (the only one in Australia and one of 35 worldwide) and a national biodiversity hotspot (one of 15). Environmental weeds are considered one of the major threats to biodiversity in the region. 

    Effective environmental weed management for biodiversity protection needs to be strategic as the problem is extensive and available resources limited. This project will facilitate a coordinated and strategic approach to weed management to best achieve biodiversity protection outcomes.

    The project will implement the following recommendations from the Capes Regional Environmental Weed Strategy 2015-20:

    1. Establish a regional weed management group comprising major stakeholders in weed management in the region including the two local government authorities, government agencies (DPaW and DAFWA) and local catchment groups. The committee will meet on a quarterly basis to coordinate on-ground weed control, review and update priorities, share information on emerging weed problems, undertake rapid response to significant emerging weeds, coordinate behavioural change strategies and education programs, and standardise data capture and recording procedures. The committee will operate past the life of this project supported by CCG and the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council.

    2. Develop weed management plans for high priority weed species. The Capes Regional Environmental Weed Strategy used DPaWs weed prioritisation process to assess weed species for invasiveness, ecological impacts, potential and current distribution and feasibility of control and ranked both widespread and emerging weed species. Key stakeholders in weed management in the Capes region contributed to the prioritisation process.

    The project will engage a suitably qualified consultant to develop 5 year strategic management plans for identified priority species. The management plans will provide direction for control activities and will consider high priority areas for protection, current known weed locations, and assessment and mapping requirements to improve knowledge of weed presence and extent. Keeping records of weed location and extent, and weed control activities will be a high priority. It is proposed that plans for 5 widespread and 5 emerging weed species will be achieved through the project and these species will be determined at the commencement of the project by the Regional Weed Management Group.

    3. Implement strategic weed control activities in partnership with land managers. Weed management activities will be targeted to achieve the best biodiversity protection outcomes and will support committed land managers working in a coordinated way across large areas of the landscape. Weed control will be undertaken through a cost sharing arrangement with landholders and activities undertaken to increase landholder knowledge and ownership of the problem and weed control. MERI data for all weed control activities will be collected to add to the data base of weed information and to enable assessment of efficacy of control activities.

    In-kind contribution: $ 57 400
    Other contribution: $ 46 500
    Delivery organisation: Cape to Cape Catchments Group
    Project duration: July 2016 - December 2017
    Location: Augusta Margaret River Region
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