IT WILL be a busy few months ahead for Clarence Valley Council's newest weeds officer Shane Landrigan, who started work here this week after one of the biggest floods in the Clarence on record.
Shane is no stranger to them though as he grew up in Grafton and has spent the past five years working for Brisbane City Council, but he was still pretty excited to be back on home soil despite the testing weather.
"I was in the process of moving back down here when the floods hit last week," he said.
It's been great to see the bigger infestations like groundsel bush practically eliminated in some areas thanks to regular checks and maintenance.
Shane has spent the week with former weeds officer Bill Jordon who came out of retirement to show him around and introduce him to landowners.
Bill has been in charge of the "Grafton and west of" area since 2004 before officially retiring in September last year and handing over his turf to Shane this week.
Bill said it is always busy after a flood as seeds from invasive weeds like tropical soda apple are washed down the river.
But despite the constant work and monitoring required to keep nasty weeds at bay, Bill said one of the most satisfying aspects of his job has been seeing the reduction in the once-inundated areas.
"It's been great to see the bigger infestations like groundsel bush practically eliminated in some areas thanks to regular checks and maintenance."
And that is some feat considering it takes about five to six years for the officers to work their way through the whole area before starting again.
"We look after crown, rural and residential areas so it's a big job to keep on top of it," Bill said. It's ongoing."
With Shane at the helm, Bob can now put his feet up and enjoy his own backyard, although you won't find him doing much weeding in his garden.
"I made sure there's none required here. It only takes me half an hour to mow the lawn."
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