Thanks to Happy Landholders

Robyn and David smiling while treating wheel cactus on their property.

Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) would like to say thanks very much to all our local landowners who continue to control Wheel Cactus plants on their property. Very importantly, this also helps to stop the spread of seeds to their neighbours and other properties and parks nearby.

Have you noticed some Wheel cactus on your property but don’t know what to do with it? Tarrangower Cactus Control Group can show you how to kill it, and can even loan you the equipment to do it.

Local property owners Robyn and David McPhee contacted us for help and are now well on their way to controlling their wheel cactus infestation. “The Cactus Warriors came out to our property for a field day, brought all the equipment needed, and taught us all we need to know about killing this terrible weed” said David. “And they killed lots of plants which really gave us a boost to get into it” added Robyn. “The group has lots of experience and knowledge, we’re really glad we contacted them”, David commented, “plus they even fed us all”.

TCCG, with Parks Victoria, have regular Community Field Days when we’re happy to bring our team of ‘cactus warriors’ volunteers to give you a hand to get started with treating Wheel Cactus. Contact us via our website at www.cactuswarriors.org

Our next Community Field Day will be on Sunday 28th August in our Historic Park, along Mount Back Road. Follow the signs along South Parkin’s Reef Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat.

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