Ragwort now needs to be eradicated

Ragwort now needs to be eradicated from the Burnie municipality

Ragwort now needs to be eradicated from the Burnie municipality

Ragwort in the Burnie municipality is to be eradicated.

The Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have recently undertaken a review of statutory weed management plans developed under the Weed Management Act 1999.

With the support of local community groups, Burnie City Council recommended to the DPIPWE that it change the management zone for ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) from Zone B to Zone A for the Burnie municipal area.
DPIPWE have agreed with the zone change requested by Council.

Burnie City Council’s Weeds Officer Jay Rowley said, “Zone B meant that ragwort had to be cleared from boundaries and creeks so that it was contained on your property.

“The change to Zone A now means that ragwort must not exist on your property at all and any outbreaks must be completely destroyed.

“This change enables better management and eradication of the weed in our municipality by ensuring every landholder is required to treat ragwort across an entire property, not just buffer zones.

“Ragwort is a serious pasture weed as it is extremely competitive and therefore causes a reduction in pasture production. It is also poisonous to most types of livestock.

“Burnie City Council is keen to work with local landowners to eradicate this weed from our municipality,” Mr Rowley said.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Council's Weed Management Officer - Jay Rowley on 6430 5794.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net