We continue to seek funding and sponsors to maintain our goal of eradication of Wheel Cactus from our local environment.
Continued Public Awareness and Education
We intend to expand our use of print and electronic media to further educate the public, especially nearby communities where Wheel Cactus plants are now being identified for the first time.
Community Involvement – Monthly Community Field Days
We invite all locals, non-locals, landholders, townsfolk, school groups and corporate organisations to become volunteers at our monthly Field Days and other organised volunteer days to help us to eradicate Wheel Cactus from our native environment.
Volunteer Groups from other Regions
During the past few years we have greatly appreciated the valued help from these different community groups
- Ballarat Special School – day trips twice year
- Lalor High School – day trips twice year
- Monash University Biological Society – 3 day overnight field trips
- Mobile Landcare Group – 3 day overnight working bees
- Bendigo Regional Institute TAFE
- IBM corporate volunteers
Research Improved Killing Techniques
For more details see Research
Glyphosate and Copper Trials
Members of our group are currently conducting trials with various concentrations of glyphosate spray for killing new recruits (first year juvenile plants). They are also trialling the impact of copper, particularly copper sulphate, as a surface spray and top dressing on juvenile Wheel Cactus.
Members of our group are currently trialling the introduction of a biological control (cochineal scale insects) in three heavily infested sites in the Maldon/Baringhup area.
Liaison with Similar Groups
We attend Wheel Cactus field days held by other volunteer groups in Victoria, such as the Wychitella group, and attend workshops and forums about cactus, such as those held regularly in South Australia by PIRSA.