MEDIA RELEASE- Look twice for cotton bush signs

MEDIA RELEASE

Look twice for cotton bush signs

 Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group hopes their thought provoking signs placed in cottonbush infested areas will raise awareness about the weed and promote its control.

Cotton bush competes with pasture and native bushland, is toxic to humans and livestock and is spread easily on the wind.

If cotton bush is harvested along with hay it can potentially poison any livestock that consume it.

Fire affected areas are also vulnerable to weeds through large cleared areas and no competition from other vegetation.

Young seedlings can be controlled manually by pulling them up or by chemical control.

It is important to remove the weed before it has time to grow seed pods and release new seeds into the soil.

New signs reminding people to control their cotton bush will be placed in different areas in the Peel-Harvey region to remind community members that pest control has to be a group effort.

All property owners are responsible for controlling declared pests on their land.

 Executive Office Jonelle Cleland says  “Contact the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group for information on how you can control cotton bush on your property, or go online at peelharveybiosecurity.info for information.” 

Peel Harvey Cotton Bush Sign put on the side of the Highway in Harvey

The Peel Harvey Cotton Bush Groups banner in Harvey.

 

ENDS….

Media Contact-

Teele Hooper-Worrell

Communications Officer

Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group

comms.phbg@gmail.com

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