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NREP and council join forces in weed blitz

News release
14 December 2015

Weeds like carrion flower are under attack in Whyalla with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) and Whyalla City Council continuing to work together to fight the pest plants.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula NRM Officer Kate Brocklehurst said with new species declared under the Natural Resources Management Act to help the partners control weed spread, the future was looking bright.

“Weeds that are specific to Whyalla, such as carrion flower have been declared, which gives us extra powers to get people to remove these weeds from their property,” Kate said.

“We have teams on multiple sites working together to rid the town of bad weeds.

“Native plants species that are endemic to the area support a whole range of wildlife from insects to birds, reptiles and mammals.

“The fewer pest plants we have in the area, the more wildlife there will be for everyone to enjoy. ”Having this partnership with the council ensures that all areas of the town are covered and controlled, giving native animals and plants a better chance of survival.

“It’s a real team effort and I think we can be really proud of the job that we are doing.

Whyalla Council’s Parks and Gardens Supervisor Anthony Van Zeeventer said council was committed to working with Nature Resources Eyre Peninsula on weed control.

“We also have a couple of projects through the Green Army up at Mt Laura and Point Lowly to remove the carrion flower,” he said.

As part of NREP and the Whyalla City Council Native Hills Project, a team from Career Employment Group is working hard to remove weeds such as fountain grass, gazanias and aloes, helping to return our hills to their original state.

For more information for how to get involved in this or any other NREP project, can contact Kate Brocklehurst on 0488 000 481 or email:

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Natural Resources Management Officer - Whyalla area

8688 3111