BIG WEED: Land owner David Philp examines some Giant Rat's Tail grass.
BIG WEED: Land owner David Philp examines some Giant Rat's Tail grass. Ali Kuchel

Landholders need to combat Giant Rat's Tail

FOR the past six months Daniel Philp has been spraying his Spring Creek property to combat Giant Rat's Tail.

But he's calling on neighbouring properties and surrounding towns to get on top of the Class 2 pest plant before it affects the cattle industry, becomes a fire hazard and decreases property value.

"There have been small attempts to control it but it seems to have slipped by the wayside and it's just exploded," Mr Philp said.

GRT is a weedy invasive Sporobolus grass which can reduce pasture productivity and out-compete desirable pasture grasses.

The species was originally introduced as contaminants in the pasture seeds but have now adapted to large areas of eastern Australia.

"For one it would financially de-value the property value and secondly it would reduce the ability to run livestock," Mr Philp said.

Helping to combat the weed, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has developed purpose-built spray trailers for the community to hire to spray their paddocks.

"Lockyer Valley Regional Council is extremely proactive when it comes to the eradication of declared weed species, especially as the region is one of the world's leading agricultural areas," a council spokesperson said.

"Council is more than happy to come out to a property and properly identify weed species and where necessary work with the property owner to develop an effective pest management plan and offer subsidised chemicals for the safe and effective removal of declared weeds such as GRT and Parthenium."


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