Swap noxious weeds for native plants

Spring has finally arrived and with the August rains, so have the weeds!

Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging urban landowners to control weeds this spring once again running the ‘Weed ‘em and Reap’ from 31 October to 28 November.

As part of the campaign, participants who remove noxious weeds from their gardens can receive free indigenous plants as a thank you.

Weeds are particularly vulnerable during spring time due to their life cycles, which makes it the perfect time to attack them.

Spring is a great time to identify those difficult weeds you may have in your garden, as they will be in flower.

Council’s General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Allison Jones, said Council and volunteer groups work all year round to remove and control the environmental weeds in our natural reserves.

“The weed outbreaks that occur in our coastal and bushland reserves originate from private gardens,” Ms Jones said.

“Residents and landholders can make a real difference towards the eradication of these weeds that have a massive impact on our natural environment.

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

“Join us in the battle to protect our unique natural environment and and receive free indigenous plants as our thanks to you.”

This offer is only open to urban property owners.

Information and application forms are available at your local library and Council’s Customer Service Centres in Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Grantville and Cowes.

Remember to pick up a copy of the Common Weeds of Gippsland - Weed Identification Booklet or download it at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/weeds, and become an expert on the weeds in your area.

Please note that weeds cannot be disposed of as green waste, but they can be disposed with general waste at Transfer Stations.

For more details of the ’Weed ‘em and Reap’ offer, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/weedem or contact the Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.