Farmers warned to be vigilant as weed strikes region

MAJOR PEST: Property owners should guard against Chilean Needle Grass.
MAJOR PEST: Property owners should guard against Chilean Needle Grass. Contributed

LANDHOLDERS between Tummaville and Cecil Plains are urged to be on the lookout for Chilean Needle Grass while it is still flowering.

Condamine Alliance is offering landholders free help to control the Class 1 Weed before its flowering season ends next month.

More than 6000 hectares across the Darling Downs has been inspected and treated for Chilean Needle Grass but more can be done before summer ends.

The weed is found in the Central Downs around Ellangowan, Leyburn, Ryeford and Clifton.

Condamine Alliance is concerned that the weed may have been spread downstream into other areas due to recent floodwaters.

It is urging landholders around Pampas, Yandilla, Lemontree, Brookstead, Kurrowah and Branchview to check their properties for any new infestations.

Condamine Alliance has been working with Biosecurity Queensland, Toowoomba Council, local groups and landholders to keep the weed contained.

Due to the weed's pest status, landholders are required to control it under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

Condamine Alliance will provide an experienced contractor to eligible landholders in the flood zone to identify and treat the weed on their property.

The free landholder assistance is part of a broader program to raise community awareness about Chilean Needle Grass as part of Condamine Alliance's flood program.

So far 23 landholders have received assistance to identify and treat the weed and more than 6000 hectares have been inspected and treated.

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Alexandra Kennedy on 4620 0119 or email alexandra.kennedy@

Topics:  biosecurity weeds

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