An aquatic weed harvester has been brought in to remove the bulk of the weed.
An aquatic weed harvester has been brought in to remove the bulk of the weed. Jim Campbell

One of Australia's worst weeds moves into Miles

AN URGENT community meeting will be held in Miles next Wednesday to inform residents about a potentially catastrophic weed outbreak in Dogwood Creek.

The Miles community will learn the best ways to tackle the noxious Salvinia Molesta weed infestation in the creek - the town's drinking water supply - at Gil Weir Boat Ramp at 9.30am on November 6.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said the Field Day would provide information to landholders and the community about preventing future outbreaks while also giving them the skills to control the weed in their waterways.

"Queensland Biosecurity and Council Rural Services staff will be available to discuss the noxious Salvinia weed, provide information on what the community should do if they come across it and also to discuss in detail and demonstrate the management activities that Council is currently undertaking," he said.

"The session will raise awareness of how easily Salvinia is spread by boats and other water vessels and what the ramifications are if it is left untreated.

"Salvinia Molesta is a declared 'Weed of National Significance' and one of the worst weeds in Australia due to its highly visible nature and its adverse impact on native aquatic plants and animals. So we need the community's help to act now to control and eradicate it."

To register for the Salvinia Field Day or find out more information, contact Council's Rural Services Coordinator Carissa Hallinan on 4679 4320 or email carissa.hallinan@wdrc.qld.gov.au .



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