Spring aerial spraying program

 Landholders are encouraged to register their interest for the Spring 2017 aerial weed spraying program being conducted by Upper Macquarie County Council.

The Upper Macquarie County Council is the local control authority for weeds biosecurity threats (noxious weeds) in the Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney and Oberon Shire Councils and the Lithgow City Council areas.

“Upper Macquarie County Council undertakes two aerial spraying campaigns annually” said Upper Macquarie County Council Chairman Cr Geoff Braddon OAM. “The second and biggest is the Spring program starting in September and I would encourage landholders to register now for the program.”

“In the Autumn program we sprayed almost 2,000 hectares, targeting more than 1,000 hectares affected by serrated tussock and over 900 hectares of blackberry.”

“Council normally conducts two aerial spraying programs a year and the Spring program is usually the biggest of the two and focusses principally on serrated tussock, but we also expect to do spray some blackberry also” said Cr Braddon. “Serrated tussock spreads quickly and can cause significant losses in production capabilities on properties. For these reasons it is considered to be one of the worst weeds for farmers.”

“Blackberry is a weed of national significance and is highly invasive, reducing pasture production, restrict access to water and land and can provide food and shelter for pest animals such as foxes and rabbits,” Cr Braddon said. Landholders who would like more information about the spraying program or to register their interest in taking part should email admin@umcc.nsw.gov.au

More information on noxious weeds and their control can be found on at umcc.nsw.gov.au

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