Priority weeds inspections begin in Buckajo in July

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Biosecurity Invasive Species officers will be inspecting rural and semi-rural properties in Buckajo for declared priority weeds from July to December this year.

Council’s Biosecurity Invasive Species Coordinator Jamie Dixon-Keay said the checks are part of Council’s rural and urban weeds inspection schedule.

“The Biosecurity team will be looking for weeds that pose a high threat to biodiversity and agriculture, such as Serrated tussock, Blackberry, African lovegrass and St John’s wort.

“Property owners will be issued with a report detailing any infestations if found and will be required to put control programs in place if they haven’t already done so.”

Mr Dixon-Keay said everyone has a part to play in protecting our natural environment and agricultural industry from the threat of highly invasive weeds.

“The good news is, we’re here to help. We take an educative approach, letting people know what weeds are growing on their property and how best to tackle them,” he said.

“Residents don’t need to be home for their property to be inspected, however if they are, our Biosecurity officers will introduce themselves upon arrival.

“Alternatively, landholders can organise a suitable date and time to go through the property with our officers by calling the Biosecurity team on (02) 6499 2222.”

Inspections will progress in other localities according to the schedule on Council’s website , and roadside signage will notify communities of planned inspections before they take place.

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