Reinforcement for weed strategy

The STCA welcomes Margie Jenkin as part time Project Officer (fixed term until the end of November 2009).

Margie will be progressing nationally strategic control in Southern Tasmania of Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) and Asparagus weeds, including Bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) and Asparagus fern (Asparagus scandens).

Over the past five years, Margie has worked as a Ranger on Maria Island with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and in Wellington Park with the Wellington Park Management Trust. She has a keen interest in habitat restoration, and welcomes the opportunity to practice her passion for weed control!

This project aims to contract Boneseed containment lines into core areas, and to map and treat all Asparagus Weed infestations in Southern Tasmania.

These treatments will enrol local councils, private landowners, community groups and contractors. Public awareness and training opportunities will also be developed to heighten weed recognition and best practices for control.

Plenty has already been accomplished towards the control of these Weeds of National Significance (WONS).

In 2007/08 the Southern Tasmanian Weed Strategy Project Manager, Sandy Leighton, delivered the southern component of the Outlying Boneseed infestations across Tasmania project.

Priority outlier areas of boneseed were identified and controlled, in partnership with community groups, councils, weed control contractors and private landholders.

Containment lines were established at Dysart, New Norfolk, Primrose Sands, south of Huonville and the Channel area (S of Snug Creek to Garden Island Sands).

During this period, the STCA also established the Bridal creeper fund, collecting financial contributions from stakeholders with infestations on their land.

This joint fund enabled the employment of a weed control contractor to survey, map and treat all known infestations in the region, as well as awareness raising activities that resulted in several reports in new areas.

Under the Southern Tasmanian Weed Strategy 2005-2010 Boneseed and Asparagus Weeds are regional targets and local priorities for treatment and control.

Without effective management and control, Boneseed and Asparagus Weeds will have huge impacts on our visual, ecological and economic landscapes.

Margie looks forward to a busy and successful year with the STCA. If you require more information please contact her on mjenkin@stca.tas.gov.au or 62702242.

Funding for this project has been sourced through the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Program.