Declared Pest Plants
Council has strategies for preventing the introduction, eradicating and containing declared pest plants in the Burdekin. Managment strategies for the most comon pest plants can be found in the Burdekin Shire Pest Management Plan.
Below is a list of some of the locally and state declared pest plants found in the Burdekin Shire region-
Locally Declared Pest Plants:
- Grader Grass
- Itch Grass
- Aleman Grass
State Declared Pest Plants:
- Parthenium weed
- Rubber Vine
- Chinee Apple
- Prickly Acacia
- Pond Apple
- Belly Ache Bush
- Water Hyacinth
- Rats Tail Grasses
- Captain Cook Tree
For more information and fact sheets about these pest plants and others visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.
Facts and photos of Itch Grass.Preview...Hide...
Itch Grass can be identified by the following characteristics:
Itch Grass Facts
- Erect annual grass that reaches heights of 4 metres.
- A single plant can produce 2,200 seeds.
- Seeds can lay dormant for up to seven years.
Itch Grass is a Declared Local Pest in the Burdekin under Local Law No.3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012.
Itch Grass Control
- Machine hygiene is extremely important; all machinery should be clean before entering and leaving a property.
- In-crop spray management.
- Do not slash itch grass plants.
If you are unsure, contact BPS on 4783 1101 or Burdekin Shire Council 4783 9800 to get confirmation.
The Itch Grass will then need to be deseeded and sprayed.