STUDENTS HELP WITH THE CACTUS WAR
During the last week of July 2014, a group of Monash University students made their annual visit to Maldon to help with the battle against Wheel Cactus. Members of the Monash University Biological Society have been assisting the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group since 2010. The students spent three day working around the Nuggetty hills and, despite cold and wet weather, made a great contribution.
For the past few years the students visits have been subsidized by grants from the North Central Catchment Management Authority. These grants have also supported field days for secondary school students. During 2014, four student groups from Roxburgh College will each spend a day injecting cactus around Maldon.
Ballarat Specialist School
A group of students from the Ballarat Specialist School attended a field day on Thursday 2nd May 2013. Ian Grenda arranged a visit to a property a couple of km south of Maldon (intersection of South Parkins Reef and Tarrengower School Rds) students could learn the digging and injection techniques employed to kill Wheel Cactus. They were also given exercises in Occupational Health and Safety. The assistance of two members of Victorian Mobile Landcare Group (www.victorianmobilelandcaregroup.onefireplace.com) was greatly appreciated.
Roxburgh College students from Year 7 have been visiting for cactus control field days since 2013. Victorian Mobile Landcare has also assisted with these field trips.
Monash University Biological Society