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 For enquiries call 02 64947856 or email mail@fscla.org.au  To contact Chris Post (Coordinator) phone 0411 594 092


African Lovegrass Info Sheets 

To download "Managing African Lovegrass in native pastures in the Bega Valley" click here

To download African lovegrass "Roller Wiping Info Sheet 2" click here


New Grazing Booklet Release

Dry Land Grazing on the Far South Coast - A Guide for New Landowners

Description:  This booklet is not about livestock selection, it is about knowing what livestock like to eat and do well on, and this is one of the keys to making a profit in coastal dry land grazing. This easy to read booklet collates years of local knowledge in practical pasture management. Packed into just 28 pages this booklet will be a valuable reference for existing graziers and new landholders alike.

Published by Far South Coast Landcare Association

RRP   $10

Available direct from:

Bega - Candelo Books:  208 Carp St Bega. Telephone 6492 3386, Elders:  3/348 Carp St  Bega. Telephone 6492 1799, Far South Coast Landcare Association: 69-71 Auckland St Bega (Tue-Thur 9am-3pm). Telephone 6494 7856

 Cobargo - Cobargo Co-Operative Society 52-54 Princes Hwy Cobargo Telephone 6493 6287

 Towamba /Wyndham -Towamba Landcare: Telephone Derek Lewis 6494 2194

 Available Posted for $10 -Email Jean Bentley: mail@fscla.org.au

 


NEW WEED ON THE COAST - Dune Onion Weed

Unfortunately a new beach invader has just been discovered on our Far South Coast beaches at three widely separated sites.  Dune Onion Weed (Trachyandra divaricata) looks rather like a 'limp' agapanthus with clumps of bright green flat strappy leaves about 70cm long.  The plants found locally were flowering in September-early October, producing intricately-branched flower heads about 70cm tall, with very numerous small white flowers with brownish stripe on each petal.

Just how Dune Onion Weed reached the Far South Coast is a matter of speculation but the plant is very well set up to travel.  The flower heads are reported to break off when the seed is mature and roll along beaches like tumbleweeds, shedding seed as they go.  Seeds immersed in salt water remain viable after 8 months, long enough to travel very long distances in ocean currents.
This weed, of South African origin, is already a major problem on the West Australian coast and has also appeared in South Australia and the NSW Central Coast, but has never before been reported locally.
Once established on a beach it is capable of forming dense monocultures and displacing native species.  It will spread well inland and is toxic to animals.
So far Dune Onion Weed has been found on three local beaches a considerable distance apart.  It could turn up on any of our beaches and may well be found growing well back in and underneath the dune vegetation.

If you find or suspect you have found this weed please let me know, if possible including a photo with your email. The best way to control the plant is to dig it up, bag it and remove it from the site for safe disposal. 

 

 

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For Information on upcoming Farmers' Network Events and Field Days  Contact Wayne Schaefer M: 0405 159098, 6494 7856 or E: farmersnet@fscla.org.au 

New Grazing Booklet Release