Garden Escapees – you’re invited to launch

MidCoast Council

Join leading weeds experts, scientists, the horticultural community and garden lovers on Monday, 10 October for the official launch of Garden Escapees – and receive a free copy of this must-have weeds guidebook.

In a fun, interactive and hands-on presentation, MidCoast Council’s Strategy Weeds Biosecurity Officer, Terry Inkson and the Natural Systems team will help you learn about the latest threats, and how to better defend our land, water and environment against weeds.

The event will be held at MidCoast Council’s Customer Service and Administration Centre at Yalawanyi Ganya, 2 Biripi Way, Taree on Monday 10 October, 4:30pm – 6pm. Refreshments will be served.

Numbers are limited and registration is essential. You can book your spot at or by calling 02 7955 7777.

“This 4th edition of Garden Escapees is a beautiful and essential resource for anyone involved with plants – from landholders to nurseries, community groups, government agencies and universities,” said Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell.

“Garden Escapees has become a resource that is in demand and valued, not only by the wider MidCoast community but also industry peers in NSW, with adaptations of the resource being developed and released in the wider Sydney basin and from the North Coast of NSW to the Queensland border since 2009.”

Terry Inkson will also share insights from the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference in Adelaide, where he presented ground-breaking work in the MidCoast with Bocconia frutescens. This is the first time Boconnia has been identified as escaped in the Australian environment. The Kiwarrak community partnered with Council’s weed team to identify and remove Bocconia from their district, including in environmentally sensitive areas such as the Khappinghat National Park.

The latest edition of Garden Escapees will assist the MidCoast community to better understand weed management on land under their care and identify how to categorise and prioritise weeds according to species, distribution, density and situation.

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