Restricted and Prohibitive Plants
Council has strategies for preventing the introduction, eradicating and containing restricted and prohibitive pest plants in the Burdekin. Managment strategies for the most comon pest plants can be found in the Burdekin Shire Biosecurity Plan 2016-2019. Most common pest plants found in the Shire would be delegated under Class 3 Restricted Invasive Plants. The Act classifies Restricted Invasive Plants as, class 2,3,4 &5. Category 2 must be reported within 24hrs, Category 3 must not distribute, sell, or release into the environment, Category 4 must not move the plant, Category 5 must not keep the plant. The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO)
Below is a list of some of the locally declared pest plants found in the Burdekin Shire.
Local Pest Plants:
- Grader Grass
- Itch Grass
- Aleman Grass
State Declared Restricted and Prohibitive Plants:
Please see Biosecurity Queensland website.
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.