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Time to control ragwort in South Gippsland

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is cracking down on the established weed ragwort after concerns were raised recently by South Gippsland Landcare groups. DPI Biosecurity Officer Larry Martin said ragwort is of particular concern to the Mountain View, Poowong, Loch/Nyora and Triholme areas and DPI is using its enforcement powers to support the community’s efforts. Mr Martin said the program supports community action being undertaken by the vast majority of landholders within these regions. “DPI staff will conduct property inspections during November and, where required, issue directions notices to control ragwort,” Mr Martin said. “Follow-up inspections to determine the level of ragwort control achieved would be undertaken during January 2013 prior to plants seeding. “Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their property to ensure they don’t adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment.” Mr Martin said where non-compliance for pest control occurs, penalties can apply and that under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (CaLP) 1994, landowners are liable for fines up to $33,000. “All members of the local community need to do their bit to help control this weed and when this doesn’t occur, DPI will step in,” he said. “We have a clear message from Landcare groups in this area that they want DPI to enforce action on priority species such as ragwort and bolster the community-led efforts.”

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