Noxious weeds program

Community life - 13 June 2017

Noxious weeds in the Macleay Valley are being brought under control as part of a successful program conducted by Kempsey Shire Council with funding from North Coast Local Land Services (LLS).

The Littoral Rainforest and Riparian Vegetation Protection project started in July 2016 and has involved using several control methods such as spraying, cut and paint, and stem injection to help stop the spread of Tropical Soda Apple in the Upper Macleay, Senegal Tea Plant from Sherwood to Kempsey and Cockspur Coral Tree from Kempsey to Smithtown.

Tropical Soda Apple was targeted along a 120km stretch of the Macleay River, with a number of contractors employed to give a thorough control approach. As a result, the density the weed has been reduced, preventing incursion into riparian vegetation and pastoral land.

River inspections between Kempsey and Sherwood identified Senegal Tea Plant in eight locations. Five of those were above the tidal area of Belgrave Falls in the Aldavilla area and three below, heading towards Kempsey. The last being at Euroka. Some of these isolated sections were controlled successfully on first attempt while others required follow up controls.

Council’s Weeds Officer, Greg Egan, said the funding from LLS for this program ensured that weed infestations could be thoroughly targeted.

“The program has allowed council to continue work in a number of areas and has resulted in a dramatic reduction of weed infestations in the areas targeted,” he said.

“The funding also allowed us to hold workshops and field days at Willawarrin, Gladstone and Kempsey to inform the community about these weeds, the importance for control and the ramifications to the environment and the community if nothing is done.”

Council has a range of free information on Tropical Soda Apple, Senegal Tea Plant and Cockspur Coral Tree. For more information, phone Council on 6566 3200

Senegal Tea Plant at Aldavilla