Eurobodalla Council is helping farmers tackle agricultural weeds following the bushfires and drought.
The Council is offering on-farm control of high-risk weeds such as blackberry, bitou bush, African lovegrass and lantana and other problematic weeds, thanks to funding from the Australian Government.
Primary producer Keith Dance recently took advantage of the program to help with blackberry control on his Belowra farm.
He said it gave him one less thing to worry about while he worked to restore his property post-fires.
“After the fires we had priorities everywhere else – blackberries were just one of those things in the too hard basket,” he said.
“Council’s contractor did it without interfering at all with our farming. They scoured the countryside and found blackberries all over the place and did a bloody good job of it.”
Beef cattle producers Rhonda and Gary Nicholson praised the program too. Mrs Nicholson said blackberries on their Belowra farm had “gone mad” since the fires, even though they thought they had them under control.
“There was no way we would have been able to get around to spray those blackberries. It would have been a job put on the backburner until everything else was done,” she said.
“They did the most wonderful job and we’re very, very pleased.”
Council’s invasive species officer Mitchell Jarvis said the program had helped with weed control at Cadgee, Nerrigundah, Belowra and Buckenboura.
“Property owners are grateful for the assistance given the recent drought and then fires, which have had significant impacts on production, infrastructure and people’s personal lives,” he said.
“Some funding is still available up until the end of October to help primary producers and owners of properties neighbouring agricultural land. Assistance will be prioritised to those who had drought and bushfire impacts, however others may also be eligible.”