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Landholder cooperation needed to battle boxthorn

News release
09 June 2020

The incoming Limestone Coast Landscape Board is encouraging local landholders to check their properties and roadsides for African boxthorn.

Spokesperson Saxon Ellis said the invasive pest plant is declared a Weed of National Significance under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

“African boxthorn has become well established across the region,” Saxon said.

“It invades roadsides, bushland, and grazing paddocks, and can also harbour pest animals like foxes and rabbits.”

The Limestone Coast region has been making progress in tackling boxthorn with a major aerial treatment project along the coast and will be undertaking a concentrated program of control and compliance in the Wattle Range area.

“Over a long history of establishment, the fight against boxthorn to reduce infestations continues,” Saxon said.

“We will have to work closely with landholders and need their cooperation in order to get this pest plant under control.

“Check your property, along fence lines and the roadside. Let us know if you’ve got boxthorn or suspect that you have, and we can help with identification and control advice.

“Together we have a real chance of defeating boxthorn in our region, which will improve land productivity and the health of the entire landscape.”

Please contact Contact Saxon on 0428 854 611 for more information and pest plant control advice in the Wattle Range area.

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