15078: Senecio Glastifolius Eradication in the Albany Region

    Senecio glastifolius treatment site
    Senecio glastifolius treatment site

    Green Skills has been actively controlling senecio glastifolius with the support of the City of Albany, DPaW and South Coast NRM since 2006 when it was first brought to our attention.
    A native South African species, senecio has the impact of outcompeting our native species, and spreading seed on the summer easterlies along the south coast. Uncontrolled, it threatens our global biodiversity hotspots in the Stirling, Fitzgerald River, and West Cape Howe National Parks.*
    This highly invasive weed quickly spreads through disturbed or burnt areas, creating a monoculture and diminishing opportunity for native species regrowth. It is particularly invasive in damp open areas where it can dominate understory growth. It can also spread rapidly along fire breaks.
    Senecio was spread to Mt Clarence from a home garden before 1986*, and has spread to many areas, with the highest priority along the coastline in Sandpatch Reserve. The seed can spread on the summer easterlies for over a kilometre, making the best action to remove the weeds before setting seed.
    Using the knowledge and maps we have built up throughout the project, Green Skills will use the requested funds to monitor all areas where senecio has been found and remove any plants. We will liaise with our partners, previous supporters, and the general public to find and remove any possible new outbreaks. This plant is easily identifiable, making it possible for the general public to identify and control it.
    Green Skills operates Ecojobs, a labour hire enterprise, which provides an experienced and committed source of workers. Ecojobs supervisors can also monitor the occurence of senecio while treating other weeds in the project area, making more efficient use of time and funds. Green Skills is currently undertaking Sydney Golden Wattle treatment in the highest priority area for senecio.
    In our current Senecio project, we have engaged our Green Army team and the Denmark Green Army team for eight days work on Senecio, and we are about to begin using Work for the Dole participants two days per week for weed control. These activities extend the scope of the current project and both activities will continue through 2016 in the ongoing Senecio eradication project being applied for in this application. We engage the participants to remove any large infestations found, and to comprehensively search areas where few plants are expected to be found.
    It is necesary that the Green Army and Work for the Dole schemes are additional to the on-ground activities of Ecojobs, as there is considerable monitoring work necessary where a large team would inhibit progress, and extensive work on small private properties where residents would be uncomfortable with Green Army or WftD teams. 
    Previous work has had a large impact on controlling Senecio. If we stop now, it will undo years of hard work (and previous funding). Continued funding is imperative to press our advantage and gain long-term control. With concentrated effort and community involvement, we believe it is possible to eradicate this weed in our region.

    Investment: $ 40 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 62 900
    Delivery organisation: Green Skills Inc
    Project duration: July 2016 - November 2017
    Location: Albany, WA
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