Season Launch and Injector Recall

Cactus Warrior Ian demonstrates how to inject Wheel Cactus plants

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group continues to ‘wage war on Wheel Cactus’. We’re very pleased that Darren Fuzzard, Mt. Alexander Shire’s new CEO, will be cutting the ribbon for the launch of our 2017 season of Community Field Days, on Sunday 30th April at 10:30am.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, including the Mount Alexander Shire Council, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria, we hold these field days on the last Sunday of every month from April to October.

The grants from these sponsors also provide funds to buy injecting equipment to loan out to landowners. However, we fear that there are lots of injecting kits out there that have eventually clogged up and now sitting idle in sheds. We know how fiddly this equipment is to clean, and our volunteers are more than happy to do the hard work. So, we’re requesting that anyone with a non-functioning injection kit please bring it back to us and we’ll swap it for a working model.

Come and join us for a morning in the fresh air and learn how best to destroy Wheel Cactus. The location this month is in Watersons Rd., a few kms north of Maldon, just after the turn off to Treloars Rd. To get there, follow Bridgewater Road out of Maldon and turn left at Watersons Road; the route will be well signposted. The morning’s activities begin at 10:30am and end with a delicious BBQ lunch and friendly chat. If you have any queries please contact us via our website at


Congratulations Cactus Warriors

Thanks to all the injecting and digging and destruction of Wheel Cactus by our hardworking volunteers during the past few years in our beautiful local park lands, our group won the Parks Victoria Kookaburra Award 2016 for Conserving Special Places (Northern Vic. Region).

Some of our proud committee members were on hand at the presentations in December to receive our award (Ian Grenda, Sue Davidson, Frances Wade and Tony Kane). Thanks and well done everyone!

It IS Possible to Control Wheel Cactus

Sometimes it may seem difficult to believe, but the Wheel Cactus invasion can be stopped! Thanks to many volunteers and landowners, contractors and work crews, all helping to destroy this noxious weed, many of our roadsides, parks and properties are currently free of Wheel Cactus and looking fabulous. An example of the great work done by our volunteers is shown in these ‘before and after’ photos.

However, there is still plenty of this weed out there, so if you have an infestation and need any help and/or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group. We are well equipped with digging tools and injection kits that can borrowed free of charge. Please contact us via our email at

Instead of our usual monthly field day in November, we’re holding an end of year celebration to thank all our volunteers! We invite everyone to join us to celebrate our achievements for this past year. We have a special guest speaker, Samantha Searle, who will present the results of a research project she has completed this year at Federation University, investigating the germination of Wheel Cactus seeds. Then we’ll have a very quick AGM, followed by a delicious lunch. Please join us at the Baringhup Supper Hall, from 11am on Sunday 27th November.


‘Before’ photo showing all the Wheel Cactus plants injected by our hard-working volunteer. And below, the ‘After’ photo of the same spot several months later, with a distinct lack of Wheel Cactus.