Landcare group win funding to fight Serrated Tussock

The Snowy River Landcare group is celebrating securing a grant of $128,000 to attack Serrated Tussock in the area around Dalgety. Snowy River Landcare treasurer Shane Kimber announced the win for local Landcarer at a general meeting in Dalgety on Friday.

Mrs Kimber said landowners with heavy infestations would be offered a subsidised contractor spraying on a 50/50 cost share basis, with Landcare covering the full cost of herbicide and the landowners splitting the cost of the contractors.

“Landowners in other areas where there are more scattered infestations of Serrated Tussock will be offered herbicide with Landcare covering half the cost,” Mrs Kimber said.

Mrs Kimber and husband Gordon will manage the project which aims to control heavy infestations and scattered pockets of Serrated Tussock around Dalgety and along the Snowy River. 

Serrated Tussock is an invasive weed that threatens the native grasslands of the Snowy River Landcare group’s area. 

The funding has come from the federal government’s Caring for our Country program.

A field day will be held for local Landcarers and landholders in the Snowy River area to get up-to-date on the latest research and the most effective control methods for Serrated Tussock. 

The field day will also assist landholders put together strategic management plans for their own properties for Serrated Tussock control.

Expressions of interest from Landcare members wanting to participate in the project are due on Friday August 17. 

Contact project managers Shane or Gordon Kimber on 6456 5162 or email them at snowyriverlandcare@gmail.com for more information about the project and to participate.

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