The Grass is always Greener on the other side of the Fence!


The most common way that the noxious weed Wheel Cactus spreads is by birds. They love to eat the fleshy, red fruit (each containing hundreds of seeds) then fly off to sit and digest their meal. However, they have no sense of fence lines and boundaries, and often fly off to perch in a tree on the next door property, and before they leave, excrete the seeds under the neighbour’s tree.

Sadly, this means that Wheel Cactus plants don’t stop growing when they get to a fence. Local communities can help each other to combat this problem, by organising neighbourhood working bees and offer a helping hand to clear each property of cactus.

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group can loan you the injecting and digging equipment and will even come out to show you how best to attack the plants.

Or come along to our next Community Field Day on Sunday 25th September where we’ll demonstrate how to destroy Wheel Cactus. The location this month is a property along Seer’s Road, Welshman’s Reef, which will be well signposted off Newstead Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end 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

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

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.