15204: Steaming to Success

    Glyphosate is one of the most common herbicides utilised by local governments, community groups and private landholders in the Perth metropolitan area. There is also a growing concern with a number of issues that are caused from using herbicides. The World Health Organisation International Agency for Research on Cancer recently declared glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. There is also a growing body of research that supports the detrimental effects of glyphosate and other chemicals on biodiversity and waterways. Herbicide resistance is also becoming an issue. Therefore the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMCR) is very keen to investigate, provide training and raise awareness about alternative weed management. 

    EMRC has purchased a trailer mounted steam weeder. The project will trial the steam weeder along with pine oil, salt and vinegar solution and pelargonic acid on various sites to identify weeds and situations where these alternative methods are most effective. To help raise awareness about alternative weed techniques, fact sheets will be generated for the weeds that were trialled and an overall report provided with recommendations.  The project includes a workshop for community and local government officers that demonstrate various alternative weed management techniques, not just steam. Holistic weed management will be discussed and results from the trials presented. The workshop will include a bus tour to see first-hand alternative weed management demonstration sites.The project includes the trial of a new and innovative citizen science project with the Atlas of Living Australia. The field data capture platform BioCollect will be rolled out late 2015 ready for the Steaming to Success project. Community groups and local government officers will be encouraged to utilise BioCollect to monitor the effects of steam weeding and other alternative techniques at the trial sites.

    Investment: $ 10 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 46 018
    Delivery organisation: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
    Project duration: May 2016 - June 2017
    Location: Shire of Mundaring
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