Cactus Warriors Ian and Lee hanging one of the new fence signs
You should soon spot some new eye-catching signs when driving around the Maldon district. These have been created by the ‘cactus warriors’ thanks to funding from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. We’re now distributing the signs to local Landcare groups for members to hang on their farm fences at highly visible locations. Hopefully these signs will act as a frequent reminder to landholders of the environmental and economic threat of Wheel Cactus, and to treat all plants they find on their property, especially before they mature and produce fruit and seeds.
If you need any advice or help to deal with Wheel Cactus plants, then please come to our next Community Field Day on Sunday 25th June, starting at 10:30am. We’ll meet at the shelter in the Nuggetty Bushland Reserve on Nuggetty School Rd., which runs between Nuggetty Rd. and Maldon-Shelbourne Rd., just a few kms north of Maldon. These events are family friendly, but we ask that all children be accompanied by a parent at all times.
And don’t forget, if you have any old injector guns that are no longer working, please bring them back to us and we’ll swap then for working models. If you can’t make it to our next field day, call or text Jan on 0400 973 528 and she’ll organise a drop-off or pick-up.
Thanks to ongoing funding from Mount Alexander Shire Council, the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group has been able to provide free loans of injector kits to many local landholders over the past 10 years. We believe this has been a strong incentive to control Wheel Cactus on private properties and to be a valuable contributor to our community-based war on this noxious weed.
We know these guns become clogged up and also how fiddly this equipment is to clean, and fear there are lots of injecting kits out there now sitting idle in sheds. Our “injector fairies” love fiddling with the bits and are happy to clean and fix them, so anyone with a non-functioning injector, please bring it back to us and we’ll swap it for a working model. You can bring the old injectors to our next field day or if you can’t make it there, either call or text ‘fairy Jan’ on 0400 973 528 and she’ll organise a drop-off or pick-up.
Our next Community Field Day is on Sunday 28th May, starting at 10:30am. Come and join us for a morning in the fresh air and learn how best to destroy Wheel Cactus. The location this month is at the end of Cook’s Lane, a few kms north of Maldon, just after the turn off to Baringhup. To get there, follow Bridgewater Road out of Maldon; the route will be well signposted. The morning’s activities end with a delicious BBQ lunch and friendly chat. If you have any queries please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
TCCG Field Day May 2017
Cactus Warriors at our 2017 Field Day Launch. Photo thanks to Andrew Leckie
Thanks very much to the all the ‘Cactus Warrior’ volunteers who support our “War on Wheel Cactus”. We really appreciate all the hours of hard work you contribute to our campaign. Together we have killed many thousands of Wheel Cactus plants over the past 11 years, thus preventing the growth of millions more!
However, we can never have too many helpers to control the spread of this invasive weed. If you haven’t already, then please come along and join us. Enjoy the stunning, local landscapes and a rewarding morning outdoors at our community field days, and at the same time help save our beautiful, local environment.
We hold regular Community Field Days on the last Sunday of the month, thanks to support and funding from Parks Victoria, Mt. Alexander Shire Council and North Central Catchment Authority. These are held at various locations around the Maldon area, beginning at 10:30am and finishing with an enjoyable BBQ lunch and friendly chat. We demonstrate how to dig and inject the cactus plants and provide all the equipment. All you need is some sturdy boots and a hat.
Everyone is welcome to join our fun!