‘Therapy’ at our next Community Field Day

Everyone who’s tried killing Wheel Cactus agrees; it’s very therapeutic! Say goodbye to the winter blues and release all your tensions. There’s something rather satisfying gained from jabbing the injector into the pads of these noxious weeds, and very meditative wandering amongst the picturesque surroundings. Combined with the sheer pleasure of being out in the elements and gazing around at our stunning, local landscapes, the whole ‘cactus warrior’ experience leaves you feeling a ‘revamped’ person. So why not come and try it; it’s totally free!

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group and Parks Victoria invite all folk, especially the tense and frazzled ones, to experience the benefits and joy of being a ‘cactus warrior’. The second last Wheel Cactus Community Field Day for this year will be held on Sunday 24th September, so don’t miss out on our next ‘therapy’ session.

The location is a few kms south of Maldon at a property on Greenhill Bridge Rd. (this time opposite the olive farm) and will be well signposted along South Parkins Reef Rd. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. These events are family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

Don’t forget, if you have an old injector gun that no longer works, please bring it back to us and we’ll swap it for a working model. If you can’t make it to our next field day, call or text Jan on 0400 973 528 and she’ll organise a drop-off or pick-up.

Cactus Warriors Win Landcare Award

Several members of the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group trekked down to Government House last Friday because the group and Ian Grenda were both finalists in the Victorian Landcare Awards for 2017.

We were very impressed by the stunning building and surrounds, and very excited just to be there. But we were soon to be totally overwhelmed by winning the Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group Award, and Ian receiving a High Commendation for the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award.

Congratulations to all our past and present ‘Cactus Warriors’ who have helped us in our war against Wheel Cactus over the past 12 years. This award acknowledges and rewards us for our tenacious energy, time and commitment. Well done Ian and everyone!

All Cacti Species are Introduced

Any of the many different cacti species have the potential to escape from an urban garden and cause major environmental destruction, as Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) has done in our region. Vectors such as birds and foxes can easily transport seeds from a garden to local bushland or farm. Often cactus plants become no longer desired and if dumped, will readily re-root and continue to grow wherever they end up, because they’re so hardy and undemanding.

All cacti are non-native plants, introduced into Australia from North or South America. All species of Opuntia cacti (e.g. prickly pears, rope cacti, etc.) have been declared Weeds of National Significance since 2012, because they are highly invasive and have extremely negative impacts on primary industry and our natural flora and fauna. These cacti should not be planted anywhere in Australia.

TCCG is here to help you destroy your Wheel Cactus. If you want to know more then please join us at our next Community Field Day on Sunday 27th August, starting at 10:30am and finishing with a friendly BBQ lunch. We’ll meet in Tarrangower School Rd., accessed via South Parkins Reef Rd., a few kms south of Maldon. These events are family friendly, but all children must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

Don’t forget that Mt. Alexander Shire offers a rate rebate of 20% to landholders who have undertaken environmental protection works on their property. Landowners can also earn a yearly rate reduction if they have a conservation covenant. For further information, contact the Shire on 5471 1700.