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2015 Target Areas

We have listened to the community and assessed the infestations of Cotton Bush throughout the Peel Harvey Region. It is through this community led approach that we have identified several areas in the region as high priority target areas for Cotton Bush control

Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act, 2007), cotton bush is

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declared in the C3 Management category for Declared Pests in Western Australia (WA)). Under legislation, property owners with cotton bush on their properties are legally required to control and manage the problem towards full eradication.

Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBG’S) have been set up throughout WA. The Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group represents the community in the five local government areas of Harvey, Waroona, Murray Serpentine- Jarrahdale and Mandurah to assist the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) focus their compliance process on heavily infested areas and assist the Department with their compliance processes.

These Target Areas are chosen on the level of infestation and level of community concern about the threat of spread. If DAFWA initiates a compliance order on a property which has not shown to be actively working at managing the cotton bush, DAFWA can organise contractors to manage and/or remove the weed at the owners cost.

The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group has aWeed Management Plan’ template available for cotton bush control which can be applied to individual properties. This weed management plan gives direction in controlling cotton bush, allowing property owners to be efficient and save time and money.