The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group Inc. (TCCG) consists of Landcare volunteers dedicated to the eradication of Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta). TCCG, in conjunction with Parks Victoria, holds friendly and informal Wheel Cactus Control community field days to inform and demonstrate control techniques, on the last Sunday of the month from May to October. These field days always end with a free BBQ lunch, cuppa and cake and the opportunity to chat, exchange ideas and make contacts. It is a great opportunity to spend a rewarding morning outdoors, meeting neighbours and others who are concerned about preserving our unique environment. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is required and all equipment is supplied.
Thanks Cactus Warriors
Our TCCG volunteers are called the ‘Cactus Warriors’. We have a fantastic team of volunteers with a broad range of skills who work very well together and achieve great things. Sincere thanks to all our current and past Cactus Warriors; we welcome anyone new who is interested to help us control this highly invasive, noxious weed. Please contact us via our email link.
TCCG volunteers provide advice and practical assistance to landholders, conduct trials of control methods and network with other Landcare and weed control groups, locally and nationally. TCCG raises awareness of the extent of the Wheel Cactus problem and its status as a Weed of National Significance through networking, regular articles in local newspapers and other media, pamphlets, participation in local community events.
What is Wheel Cactus?
Opuntia robusta: A native to Mexico, this cactus is most commonly called Wheel Cactus in Australia, and believed to be introduced to this country as a garden plant. This weed has become widely naturalized in central Victoria, western NSW and south-eastern and eastern SA. It particularly likes to grow on granite outcrops, but also infests woodlands and pastures.
Weed of National Significance
Wheel Cactus has been classified as a Weed of National Significance in Australia since 2012, because it is so highly invasive and difficult to control.