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The group aims to help
fire-affected landholders recover by supporting them to control blackberry as well as gorse and broom.



The Central Gippsland Woody Weeds Group signed another 19 landowners to blackberry control this year.

Despite a lack of funding to subsidise chemical costs for treatment, momentum was maintained with the success of the group’s initial participants encouraging newcomers to the effort.

The group formed in 2009 when rampant blackberry regrowth following bushfires in the region threatened to reach 1950s levels, when the weed covered large swathes of the landscape.

Properties around the township of Boolara in the Strezlecki Ranges are a key focus, where many landowners are ageing while others are hobby or lifestyle landholders who work off-farm or are retired.

The group has now signed a total 107 to the blackberry control effort and its project officer continues to build partnerships with plantation owners, VicRoads and the local council.

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