October 18, 2012
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has completed a two leaf cape tulip compliance project in the Geelong region, sending a clear message to landowners that two-leaf cape tulip infestations must be controlled. Two-leaf cape tulip is classified as a regionally prohibited weed in the Corangamite catchment because of its current distribution, invasiveness and potential impact on livestock. DPI Biosecurity Officer Louise Hanigan said all parts of the plant were known to be toxic to all types of grazing animals. “Cape tulip is not recorded widely throughout the region and this project aims to prevent further spread from known sites into unaffected areas. “DPI has ensured that all recorded sites within the Corangamite region have been actively managed with the long-term goal of eradication,” she said. Ten land management notices were issued where infestations of two leaf cape tulip were identified through initial property inspections. Ms Hanigan said the legal notices ensure control works are undertaken within a reasonable period of time prior to seeding. “Follow-up inspections of each of the properties involved in the program have indicated that each landowner had complied with the requirements of the notices and completed control works to a high standard.” She said landowners had a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their property to ensure they did not adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring properties or impact on the natural environment. Landowners who fail to comply with pest control can face fines of up to $33,000.