Before and after Cotton Bush control
The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group, DAFWA and the communities in the Peel region have rallied to control the declared weed cotton bush.
The group is made up of landholders and local government representatives and stakeholders. Heavy infestations recorded by the group help to define target areas that DAFWA use to direct their compliance process. During 2015 DAFWA Issued 14 compliance notices which were all complied with quickly, and many more reports are of individual property owners initiating weed control.
Cotton bush is spread easily on the wind, with each mature plant producing hundreds of wind borne seeds. Property owners are required under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) to control declared weeds or risk compliance, and have a responsibility to their neighbours to ensure cotton bush isn’t spreading from their property.
Marion Lofthouse a committee member for the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group is passionate about controlling cottonbush and says “The seeds from 3 seed pods will turn into 300 more new plants. The more cotton bush plants we can pull out or spray before seed set in summer, the sooner we can break the seed cycle!”
The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group can help property owners set up a weed management plan for their properties and give advice on control methods. You can check the group out on Facebook or email on email@example.com.