Cactus Warriors enjoy the outdoors while helping to control Wheel Cactus
The ‘cactus warrior’ army helps landowners and Parks Victoria destroy wheel cactus plants in the Maldon area. The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) wish to again thank all these willing volunteers who continue to help us control the spread of this declared noxious weed.
Since 2012, wheel cactus has also been classified as a Weed of National Significance, due to the very serious threat this cactus poses to our primary industries and natural environment. Please help us destroy all plants before they mature and produce fruit, each one fruit containing hundreds of seeds. Please contact us if you find wheel cactus plants and need help.
TCCG also welcomes new volunteers to join us at our monthly Community Field Days, which are always held on the last Sunday of the month, from April to November. We destroy wheel cactus plants by either injecting the lobes of the larger plants with herbicide or digging up the smaller plants using a hoe and bucket. All equipment is supplied, you just need to wear protective clothing such as sturdy boots and hat. Come along and enjoy a rewarding morning in our beautiful local landscapes.
Our next community field day will be on Sunday 29th May. The location is the property at 703 Waterson’s Road, which will be well signposted along Waterson’s Road from the turnoff at Bridgewater Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 pm with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807.
Cactus Warriors on parade at 2016 Maldon Easter Fair
The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) had fun participating in the recent Maldon Easter Fair parade. The ‘Cactus Warriors’ entry celebrated their 10th anniversary and their efforts destroying millions of Wheel Cactus plants over this time. They won a well-deserved First Prize for the ‘Best Community Entry’, and would like to thank the sponsors of the prize and the Maldon Easter Fair Committee.
Now that the fair is over, it’s time for the faithful army of Wheel ‘Cactus Warriors’ to continue their war against this noxious weed. The TCCG and Parks Victoria invite all interested folk to join us at our monthly Community Field Days, which are always held on the last Sunday of the month, from April to November.
This year’s season of field days will be launched on Sunday 24th April and will be officially opened by our special guest Asha Bannon, Mount Alexander Region’s new Landcare Facilitator. The location will be at a property in Waterson’s Road and will be well signposted along Waterson’s Road from the turnoff at Bridgewater Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 pm with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807.
The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group and all their dedicated volunteer ‘cactus warriors’ have been working hard for the past ten years informing, teaching and assisting the communities of Maldon, Baringhup and Nuggetty.
We have significantly increased both community awareness and knowledge of wheel cactus and the number of property owners taking control of wheel cactus on their land.
In partnership with Parks Victoria, we’ve also helped to keep wheel cactus under control in our beautiful historic park lands.We’ve killed millions of plants over the past 10 years, potentially preventing billions more new plants from growing.
And to celebrate this, we held a splendid 10th Birthday party in November 2015. We decorated the Butts pavilion like it’s never been decorated before, had a magnificently decorated birthday cake, played fun games and ate delicious food.
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, sponsors and supporters, especially Parks Victoria for being such a fruitful partner, and other major sponsors such as Mount Alexander Shire Council and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.
Thank you very much to everyone else who has helped us during the past 10 years but couldn’t join our celebration!
Party time at the Butts pavilion
Some of the original Cactus Warriors cutting the cake
Cactus Warriors enjoying party food