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A new action group
is driving blackberry
control on Melbourne’s
north-east fringe.



The Triangle Blackberry Action Group expanded its target area for blackberry control this year.

The group works to control blackberry around Narbethong, Marysville, Taggerty and Buxton on Melbourne’s north east fringe.

These areas were severely burned by the 2009 Black Saturday fires and the challenge has been tackling blackberry as it re-establishes itself over native species and threatens waterways and important animal habitats.

The group’s steering committee includes representatives from Parks Victoria, Murrindindi Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

A total of 82 landowners have now signed 3-year voluntary management agreements and receive generous rebates for control chemicals from the group. Many also attended two field days the group presented over the last year to demonstrate blackberry control methods.

Murrindindi Shire and Parks Victoria continued supporting the group’s activities, spraying blackberry along more local roads and shared boundaries with public / private properties in the Cathedral Ranges.


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