Spring Into Weeds for Free Plants

Spring has finally arrived and Bass Coast Shire Council are encouraging residents to get their weeds under control by rewarding participants with free indigenous plants as part of the Weed ‘em and Reap campaign.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said spring is the best time of year to deal with those pesky weeds.

“This is also a great time to identify any of those difficult weeds which you may have in your garden as they will be in flower,” Cr Rankine said.

“Council, along with Bass Coast Landcare Network, Phillip Island Nature Parks and volunteer groups, work all year round to get the environmental weeds in our natural reserves under control.”

Cr Rankine said many of the environmental weed outbreaks, which occur in our coastal and bushland reserves, originate from private property gardens; therefore it is import to get the support of residents and landholders with in the Shire to manage weeds.

“Many people don’t realize the impact garden escapees can have on our natural environment,” Cr Rankine said.

“In fact, weeds can invade native plant communities and over run them. In worst case scenario, this could mean the loss of some plant species and the habitat for our native animals.

“Residents can take advantage of the Weed ‘em and Reap campaign and help their natural environment, whilst getting something out of it for themselves.”

Information sheets and application forms are available from Council’s Customer Service Centres, as well as at local libraries.

Weeds cannot be disposed of as green waste, but can be disposed with general waste at Transfer Stations.

For details of the Weed ‘em and Reap offer, please visit Council’s website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/weeds or contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.