NCCMA grant helps fight our Wheel Cactus war.

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) recently received a grant from the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA), which will greatly help our continuing war on Wheel Cactus. This grant will be used to purchase new equipment and herbicide. It will also help fund our Community Field Days and events for university students and youth groups.

Thanks to this funding, a group of Venturer Scouts from Castlemaine have, just last month, been able to fulfil their ‘Environment’ badge. These very enthusiastic young people designed and carried out a field trial to test the effectiveness of different concentrations of herbicide on Wheel Cactus. This exercise taught them about the impacts of environmental weeds and the problems involved with eradicating them. It also gave them the opportunity to participate in weed management in their local environment. The trial will potentially tell us if we can use less herbicide to destroy Wheel Cactus plants, therefore further saving our environment and money.

Some of the Venturer Scouts measuring out plots of Wheel Cactus for the herbicide trial.

 

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 info@cactuswarriors.org

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.

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‘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.

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