Launch of 2018 Community Field Days

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group continues to ‘wage war on Wheel Cactus’. We’re very pleased that Stephen Gardner, our new Tarrangower Ward Councillor for Mt. Alexander Shire, will be ‘cutting the ribbon’ for the launch of our 2018 season of Community Field Days, on Sunday 27th May at 10:30am.

The location this month is in Baringhup Rd., a few kms north of Maldon. To get there, follow Bridgewater Road out of Maldon and turn left to Baringhup, and the property will be on the left opposite Hayes Rd; the route will be well signposted. The morning’s activities always end with a delicious BBQ lunch and friendly chat. These events are family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

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

Our State MP for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, is also coming along to help motivate us to kill more Wheel Cactus, so please come and join us for a rewarding morning in the outdoors. We supply all the necessary equipment; all you need are sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants and a hat.

Congratulations Cactus Warriors – again!

Cactus warriors in the 2018 Maldon Easter parade.

Our stunning crow float, spreading seed (Easter eggs) over the crowd

Congratulations to the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group ‘cactus warriors’ who entered another fantastic float in the annual Maldon Easter Parade, and won the ‘Best Community Entry’ award – again!

This year’s entry was an amazing model of a crow (the major culprit for spreading wheel cactus seeds)  which was accompanied by some baby crows and a bunny rabbit, running alongside spreading seeds (chocolate eggs) to the crowds lining the streets.

Well done team!

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.