Upper Macquaire County Council Media Release - Aerial Weed Spray program 2017

Upper Macquarie County Council will start its next aerial weed spraying campaign in early September 2017 and is calling on landowners to sign up and tackle weed infestations on their land.

The Upper Macquarie County Council is the local control authority for weeds biosecurity threats (noxious weeds) in the Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney and Oberon Shire Councils and the Lithgow City Council areas.

“Upper Macquarie County Council undertook a very successful aerial spraying campaign in Autumn and now will follow this up with the Spring program starting in September 2017” said Upper Macquarie County Council Chairman Cr Geoff Braddon OAM. “In the Autumn program we sprayed almost 2,000 hectares, targeting more than 1,000 hectares affected by serrated tussock and almost the same area of blackberry.”

“Council normally conducts two aerial spraying programs a year and the Spring program is usually the biggest of the two” said Cr Braddon.

“The Spring program focusses principally on serrated tussock, but we also expect to do spray some blackberry also.”

“Serrated tussock is one of the worst weeds in Australia, it spreads quickly and can cause significant losses in production capabilities on properties.”

“Blackberry is a weed of national significance and is highly invasive, reducing pasture production, restrict access to water and land and can provide food and shelter for pest animals such as foxes and rabbits” Cr Braddon said.

Landholders who would like more information about the spraying program or to register their interest in taking part should email admin@umcc.nsw.gov.au

More information on biosecurity weed threats and their control can be found on at umcc.nsw.gov.au