WEED OF THE MOMENT:
Parthenium Weed - Parthenium hysterophorus
In Queensland, Parthenium is a Class 2 declared plant. Parthenium weed is an annual herb with a deep tap root and an erect stem that becomes woody with age. Its leaves are pale green, deeply lobed and covered with fine soft hairs. Small creamy white flowers occur on the tips of the stems with each flower containing 4 to 5 black seeds.
Parthenium weed is a vigorous species that colonises weak pastures with sparse ground gover. It will readily colonise disturbed, bare areas along roadsides and heavily stocked areas around yards and watering points. This weed can also colonise brigalow, gidgee and softwood scrub soils. Its presence reduces pasture production potential and the reliability of improved pasture establishment.
The plant is well established in Central Queensland and present in isolated infestations west to Longreach and in northern and southern Queensland.
If you have sighted this declared pest plant, please contact Council immediately.
More information and a fact sheet, which details control of Parthenium weed, can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.
12 March, 2013
INDIAN MYNA TRAP, PLANS AND INSTRUCTIONS
The Council has received numerous inquires about the increasing numbers of Indian Mynas in the GRC area.
Noisy, territorially aggressive, and not afraid of humans, Indian mynas hang out in flocks from 5 to 20, and can be very long-lived.
These birds are seriously bad news for our native birds and other small animals. They are fiercely territorial and use their superior numbers to aggressively defend their territory. During the breeding season they take over tree hollows from native birds and small animals (such as sugar gliders) after harassing and evicting them. They build and defend several nests during the breeding season although they only use one nest — this excludes native hollow nesting birds and animals from those nesting sites. They kill chicks and destroy the eggs of native birds.
After finding plans on the internet of how to make a trap, Councils Natural Resource Management Officer, Nathan Stephenson, has made a trap and been quite successful in trapping a number of birds. "Materials are quite cheap and the trap is quite simple to make". Nathan said.
For plans of the trap and trapping tips, click on the links below:
It is unlikely to totally eliminate Indian Mynas from the GRC environment. However, with a concerted, coordinated and sustained effort, we believe a significant impact can be made on the Indian Myna population in the region, thereby helping to protect our native birds and small mammals.
For further information please contact:
Mr Nathan Stephenson
Natural Resource Management Officer
Mob: 0427 638 835