Monash Uni Students help fight our Wheel Cactus war

Monash University Students injecting Wheel Cactus

Monash University Students injecting Wheel Cactus

Last week a group of very energetic and enthusiastic (also young) students from Monash University braved the cold and rain to help us win the war against wheel cactus. A group of environmental science students travels up to Maldon during their holidays each year and stays for four days to inject and dig wheel cactus plants. They learn about environmental weeds and we get some dead wheel cactus; it’s a very satisfying relationship.

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group sincerely thanks the North Central Catchment Management Authority for funding this project. This grant funding provides catering and accommodation for the students, as well as the equipment and herbicide which enables them to participate in our battle.

Our next Community Field Day will be on Sunday 31st July at a property at the end of Cooks Lane, a few kilometres north of Maldon. If you leave Maldon via Bridgewater Road, when you get to the Baringhup turn off, turn even sharper left into Cooks Lane. This will be well signposted from Maldon along Bridgewater Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 and end at 12:30 with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807 or check out our website at www.cactuswarriors.org

New Funding to Map Wheel Cactus Invasion

Wheel cactus infestation

Wheel cactus infestation

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) has recently been awarded a grant from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF) which will enable us to map wheel cactus infestations within Victoria. We sincerely thank the NWF and are very pleased to receive this funding, hoping the results of this project will be useful in convincing authorities of the gravity of the invasion of this noxious weed.

Wheel cactus is classified as a Weed of National Significance, due to the very serious threat it poses to our primary industries and natural environment. It spreads very quickly and is costly and difficult to effectively kill. We need to control the spread of wheel cactus now before it spreads further.

You can help us map existing infestations. If any community member finds an infestation beyond our immediate Maldon and Baringhup district, please take a photo of it and email that to Max, at mschlachter@outlook.com.au

Our next Community Field Day will be on Sunday 26th June at a property at the end of Whitlock’s Road. If you leave Maldon via South Parkin’s Reef Road, just continue straight along into Whitlock’s, and it’s the last property on your right before you get to Cairn Curran Reservoir. This will be well signposted from Parkins Reef Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 and end at 12:30 with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807 or check out our website at www.cactuswarriors.org

Cactus Warriors Help Control Wheel Cactus Invasion

Cactus Warriors enjoy the outdoors while helping to control Wheel Cactus

Cactus Warriors enjoy the outdoors while helping to control Wheel Cactus

The ‘cactus warrior’ army helps landowners and Parks Victoria destroy wheel cactus plants in the Maldon area. The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) wish to again thank all these willing volunteers who continue to help us control the spread of this declared noxious weed.

Since 2012, wheel cactus has also been classified as a Weed of National Significance, due to the very serious threat this cactus poses to our primary industries and natural environment. Please help us destroy all plants before they mature and produce fruit, each one fruit containing hundreds of seeds. Please contact us if you find wheel cactus plants and need help.

TCCG also welcomes new volunteers to join us at our monthly Community Field Days, which are always held on the last Sunday of the month, from April to November. We destroy wheel cactus plants by either injecting the lobes of the larger plants with herbicide or digging up the smaller plants using a hoe and bucket. All equipment is supplied, you just need to wear protective clothing such as sturdy boots and hat. Come along and enjoy a rewarding morning in our beautiful local landscapes.

Our next community field day will be on Sunday 29th May. The location is the property at 703 Waterson’s Road, which will be well signposted along Waterson’s Road from the turnoff at Bridgewater Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 pm with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807.