Landcarers train to attack Tussock

THE Snowy River Landcare members have gained their ChemCert certification as part of the Serrated Tussock program in the Snowy River area near Dalgety.

Despite the hot day on Saturday participants appreciated the subsidised course which usually cost $350 for a full accreditation.

Government legislation requires a ChemCert certificationfor people wanting to handle or buy certain chemicals and baits such as 1080.

The Landcare group were successful late last year in gaining a grant of $128,000 to attack Serrated Tussock in the area around Dalgety and along the Snowy River.

Snowy River Landcare treasurer Shane Kimber said landowners with heavy infestations were offered a subsidised contractor spraying on a 50/50 cost share basis, with Landcare covering the full cost of herbicide and the landowners splitting the cost of the contractors.

"Landowners in other areas where there are more scattered infestations of Serrated Tussock were offered herbicide with Landcare covering half the cost," Mrs Kimber said.

Mrs Kimber and husband Gordon are managimg the project which aims to control heavy infestations and scattered pockets of Serrated Tussock around Dalgety and along the Snowy River.

Serrated Tussock is an invasive weed that threatens the native grasslands of the Snowy River Landcare group's area.

The funding has come from the federal government's Caring for our Country program.

A field day has also been held for local Landcarers and landholders in the Snowy River area to get up-to-date on the latest research and the most effective control methods for Serrated Tussock.

Contact project managers Shane or Gordon Kimber on 6456 5162 or email them at snowyriverlandcare@gmail.com for more information about the project.

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