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A new combined blackberry control approach has launched across
Victoria’s Alpine region.



The Up to Us Blackberry Action Group exceeded its annual targets and strengthened its partnerships this year.

It signed another 40 local landholders to voluntary management agreements, 10 over its set target. A total of 107 landholders are now signed to agreements to tackle blackberry on their properties.

Up to Us strengthened its support for them this year, launching an incentives program using a $15,000 grant from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

It also demonstrated wet blade technology and purchased a slip-on spray unit for landholders to use in tackling their blackberry.

Up to Us also won a contract with the Mansfield Shire Council this year to map weed infestations on local roads, enabling it to integrate its data on private land infestations and build a map of weeds across the area. The Council also sent letters to 800 households promoting the group and its activities.

The group also hosted a weed forum for private and government organisations and an integrated blackberry management program is now underway with Victorian Government departments and agencies and local businesses, including alpine resorts and plantations.



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