AN IMPRESSIVE 70 people turned out in Clifton recently to take part in Needlegrass Knockout and learn how they can make a difference in the fight against one of Australia's worst weeds, Chilean needle grass.
Officers from Condamine Alliance, Biosecurity Queensland and Toowoomba Regional Council spent the morning working with the community to help them identify Chilean needle grass and learn the best ways to destroy it.
Chilean needle grass is an invasive weed that is currently infesting much of the Clifton township and has now spread to Cambooya and Toowoomba.
This fast-spreading weed poses a serious threat to the region's native grasslands and is damaging agricultural land, recreational grounds, roadsides and backyards.
"The only way to win the war against this damaging weed is to have the support and assistance of the local community," Condamine Alliance chief executive officer Phil McCullough said.
"Chilean needle grass is difficult to remove once widely established but it is not too late to work towards eradication in our region.
"It is imperative that we educate as many people as possible, and we are grateful to all the people who spent their Sunday morning learning and searching for Chilean needle grass."
If you would like to get involved and help to eradicate Chilean needle grass, or you would like information the other projects being run by Condamine Alliance, visit condaminealliance.com.au or phone 07 4620 0111.
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