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A third of the 4,400 hectare project area will be targeted in the first year.



The Sandy Creek Woody Weed Action Group is the latest to join the blackberry control effort, launching in late 2014 to tackle weeds across the Maldon region.

The group’s steering committee comprises the Sandy Creek Landcare Group, Maldon Urban Landcare Group, Tarangower Cactus Control Committee, Connecting Country and Parks Victoria.

Its focus is a 4,400 ha area comprising box and ironbark State forest and mostly small landholders, many of them absentee owners. It aims to sign 30 private landowners to 3-year voluntary management plans in its first year of operation.

The group’s project manager has been visiting properties to remind landowners of their blackberry control responsibilities and to offer advice and support. Mount Alexander Shire has also letter-boxed landowners in the area. The group will host a field day in spring to build knowledge and awareness in managing blackberry.




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