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Blackberry that has grown unchecked for decades in the Loddon River Basin
is now being controlled
with a community-wide
effort underway.



The Barkers Creek Blackberry and Gorse Action Group was established in 2012 to reduce infestations along Barkers Creek and its tributaries near the towns of Harcourt and Castlemaine in central Victoria.

Just 18 months after the group was formed, long-standing major and minor blackberry infestations are under control or are in the process of being controlled, and community support is strengthening with 48 new landholders signing up to the effort over the last year.

A well-attended public workshop hosted by the Barkers Creek Action Group has allowed locals to get involved with a community-wide blackberry control plan, and the group’s Woody Weed Control field day to demonstrate blackberry control techniques was valued by landholders.

The Greater Bendigo Council and Mount Alexander Shire Council has lent its support with mail-outs and the group continued its partnerships with the North Central Catchment Management Authority, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, V/Line, Parks Victoria and Connecting Country.





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