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Council calls on community to help manage high risk weeds

10/08/2020

Georges River Council at its meeting last month considered a report on its High Risk Weed Control Program, which details Council’s work to-date identifying and eliminating priority high risk weeds in the Georges River area.

Council utilised the Sydney Weeds Mobile Mapping Application along high risk pathways to identify priority weed locations and the extent of the issue present within the Georges River area.

Council has achieved significant success with programs aimed to control high risk weeds on targeted high risk pathways in the Georges River area, and has inspected and logged more than 46 km of high risk pathways and 296 acres of parks, reserves and natural bushland areas.

A total of 2,310 individual weed records have been created in Council’s weed mapping system, and mapping has also been undertaken in residential streets, with residences that adjoin native bushland areas and parkland prioritised.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene is calling on the community to help manage high risk weeds in the local area by volunteering with the Bushcare Program.

“Council Officers have done a fantastic job mapping and identifying high risk weeds in Phase One of the Weed Control Program, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said Mayor Greene.

“Several notable weed issues have been identified and much of the overall effectiveness of controls across the local area is dependent on funding and available resources.

“I would ask the community to help us protect and conserve the natural environment in the Georges River area by volunteering in Council’s Bushcare Program, so that together we can continue to remove these harmful plants from our environment”, added Mayor Greene.

King Georges Road, Princes Highway, Sydney Train lines, waterways, drainage channels and water bodies have been identified as high risk pathways for high risk weeds in the Georges River area. These areas are heavily trafficked and consequently have a high risk of new weed incursions being introduced from external sources.

Council manages a range of programs aimed to control weeds in the Georges River area, including implementing bush regeneration activities across 20 local sites, across an area of approximately 40 hectares. These works are completed by Council employees, volunteers and contractors, with approximately 3,000 hours undertaken by Bushcare volunteers each year.  

This report identified that Council has few controls in place in relation to high risk pathways, and Council’s weed mapping process will enable it to identify target areas and improve Council’s eligibility for additional funding under external grants schemes.

Council will undertake a community information and engagement campaign for Biosecurity legislation and weed awareness, which is currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you love the outdoors and are passionate about protecting the environment, volunteer with the Bushcare Program, which offers 14 different volunteer opportunities throughout the area. To view volunteering opportunities, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Volunteering or call the Bushcare Team on 9330 6468.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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