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    VICTORIAN BLACKBERRY TASKFORCE

    BLACKBERRY THE WEED

    Blackberry the weed (Rubus fruticosus aggregate) is a serious issue across much of Victoria, and a serious concern for farmers, peri-urban land holders and public land managers.

    Blackberry can severely decrease the productive capacity of land, alter water flow, lead to erosion problems and provide harbour for pest animals. In addition it can out-compete and displace native plant species and lead to a loss of biodiversity.
    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce was established in 2001 to work with Victorian communities and government agencies to provide a collaborative effort to control blackberry. Together, the Taskforce’s community partnership program covers over 280,000 hectares of public and private land infested by blackberry.

    Our website hosts a source of information on blackberry, control measures and case studies, and how your community can work with the Taskforce to establish a community-led program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our blog ‘blackberrytheweed’ for up-to-date information.

    BLACKBERRY: THE PROBLEM

    In 1851, the Government Botanist in Victoria, Baron von Mueller, and the first Curator of the Gardens at Melbourne University.

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    WHAT WE DO

    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce was formed in 2001 as a result of community concern for blackberry.

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    WHO WE ARE

    In promoting collaborative arrangements, the Taskforce has representation from major government agencies involved in blackberry management, policy and research and development.

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    OUR VALUES AND DIRECTION

    A key guiding principal of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce is the concept that blackberry control is more than science.

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    VBT UPCOMING EVENTS

    VBT UPCOMING EVENTS

    VICTORIAN BLACKBERRY STRATEGY

    VICTORIAN BLACKBERRY STRATEGY

    DEMONSTRATION DAYS

    DEMONSTRATION DAYS

    UPPER MURRAY EVENT

    UPPER MURRAY EVENT

    BAMBRA INSIGHTS

    BAMBRA INSIGHTS

    TRAFALGAR CONTROL EVENT

    TRAFALGAR CONTROL EVENT

    VBT UPCOMING EVENTS

    WANT TO GET THE LATEST ON BLACKBERRY WEED CONTROL? The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce has a number of upcoming events planned. Head along and get the latest on blackberry management. August 15 – Blackberry Control Demonstration event, Location - Fish Creek, co-hosted with the South Gippsland Landcare Network. September 18 - Invasive Species Forum, Location - [...]

    VICTORIAN BLACKBERRY STRATEGY

    The Victorian Blackberry Strategy seeks to reduce the growing threat and impact of blackberry, a Weed of National Significance, on our agricultural industries and environmental assets. By taking a landscape-scale approach to blackberry management, community-led action is proving to be effective in achieving long-term and sustainable success. This approach recognises that integrated and coordinated action is needed […]

    DEMONSTRATION DAYS

    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Swifts Creek Landcare Group co-hosted a blackberry control demonstration event at the Tambo Valley Gun Club near Swifts Creek. Twenty people attended the event on the 30th April, where presenters focussed on  ‘Best Practice Blackberry Control Techniques’, including the use of new technology and drone applications (see main image). A […]

    UPPER MURRAY EVENT

    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and the North East Blackberry Action Group co-hosted a Blackberry Control Demonstration event at the Walwa Resort on the 30th March. It was an opportunity for 20 landholders from the Upper Murray region to discuss and observe ‘Best Practice Blackberry Control’ techniques and the latest in new technology. Demonstrations included physical, chemical […]

    BAMBRA INSIGHTS

    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and the Upper Barwon Landcare Network co-hosted a blackberry control event on private property near the township of Bambra. Forty people were in attendance on the day. The latest information on drone technology, pine oil and chemical control techniques were demonstrated on the day.  The property owner gave an insight into […]

    TRAFALGAR CONTROL EVENT

    The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and the Baw Baw Shire Council co-hosted a blackberry control event at the Trafalgar Recreational Reserve. The event, held on the 21 March, featured demonstrations of drone technology, pine oil and chemical control techniques.

    Contacts

    Contact the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce:

    Victorian Blackberry Taskforce PO Box 536 Wodonga 3689

    vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au

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