Let’s Celebrate

This excellent example of before- and after-injection treatment of a Wheel Cactus infestation was at a property in Waterson’s Road. (Photos courtesy of D. Gibson)

It may seem difficult to believe sometimes, but the Wheel Cactus invasion can be defeated. This is thanks to many volunteers and landowners, contractors and work crews, all helping to destroy this noxious weed. Many of our local roadsides, historic parks and properties are currently free of Wheel Cactus and are looking fabulous.

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group has won two awards in the past 12 months; the Parks Victoria Kookaburra Award – Conserving Special Places, and the Victorian Landcare Community Group Award, rewarding us all for our hard work and wonderful results.

So instead of our usual monthly field day, we’re holding an end of year celebration to thank all our volunteers and to celebrate our achievements! We invite all ‘cactus warriors’ to join us at 11:30 am on Sunday 26th November to hear a special guest speaker, Max Schlachter, who will present the results of our recently completed project ‘Mapping Wheel Cactus in Victoria’. This will be followed by a delicious lunch to celebrate our awards. No RSVP is required.

Please join us in the Band Room, Maldon Community Centre, Francis St. Maldon. We’ll have a very quick AGM at 11 am, before the presentation, which everyone is also welcome to attend.

Community Field Day to help Heritage Reserve

Wheel Cactus seeds are most commonly spread by crows (Australian Ravens) eating the luscious red fruit and later flying to a nearby tree to digest and excrete the seeds. So, the plants very easily spread from property to property, to parks and native bush, with no regard to fence lines or boundaries. The only way we can prevent this continual dispersal is to gradually eliminate all fruiting plants.

Parks Victoria has been consistently working over the past 10 years to destroy Wheel Cactus in the Maldon Heritage Reserve. Their attack has been so successful, it’s now very difficult to find a mature Wheel Cactus plant in our historic park. However, this beautiful landscape is under continual threat of new infestations from neighbouring properties that still have fruiting plants.

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group and Parks Victoria are still working together to eradicate Wheel Cactus and are now focusing on properties near the park that pose an immediate threat the native bush nearby. We invite everyone to join us for a rewarding morning in the outdoors helping to eliminate more fruiting wheel cactus plants. Just bring a hat and wear sturdy shoes; the gloves, goggles and equipment are all supplied.

The last Wheel Cactus Community Field Day for this year will be held on Sunday 29th October.

The location is a few kms north of Maldon at a property on Tarrangower School Rd. and will be well signposted along Waterson’s Rd. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. These events are family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

Don’t forget, if you have an old injector gun that no longer works, please bring it back to us and we’ll swap it for a working model. 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.

‘Therapy’ at our next Community Field Day

Everyone who’s tried killing Wheel Cactus agrees; it’s very therapeutic! Say goodbye to the winter blues and release all your tensions. There’s something rather satisfying gained from jabbing the injector into the pads of these noxious weeds, and very meditative wandering amongst the picturesque surroundings. Combined with the sheer pleasure of being out in the elements and gazing around at our stunning, local landscapes, the whole ‘cactus warrior’ experience leaves you feeling a ‘revamped’ person. So why not come and try it; it’s totally free!

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group and Parks Victoria invite all folk, especially the tense and frazzled ones, to experience the benefits and joy of being a ‘cactus warrior’. The second last Wheel Cactus Community Field Day for this year will be held on Sunday 24th September, so don’t miss out on our next ‘therapy’ session.

The location is a few kms south of Maldon at a property on Greenhill Bridge Rd. (this time opposite the olive farm) and will be well signposted along South Parkins Reef Rd. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. These events are family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

Don’t forget, if you have an old injector gun that no longer works, please bring it back to us and we’ll swap it for a working model. 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.