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Biosecurity Queensland has produced a number of useful weed identification and treatment videos.  You might find some of these helpful.

does anyone have some spare time (!)?  and want to help out with an endangered species?

Hello Everyone,
 
I’ve attached the latest update from the Northern Bettong Project; I hope you enjoy it!
 
Our next round of cage trapping is about to get underway, and we’re searching for volunteers to come along with us!  The dates are:

29 July-3 Aug  Davies Creek
17 Aug-22 Aug  Emu Creek
28 Aug-2 Sept  Tinaroo Dam
 
Please feel free to pass this email along through your networks; it’s a great hands-on experience for anyone interested in wildlife/the outdoors/conservation/ecology. 
 
Kind Regards,
Jess
 
I will occasionally be sending out project updates, calls for volunteers and invitations to other events.  If you would like to be removed from this email list, please let me know! 
 
I have had problems with my previous emails, so I have asked for a “read receipt” to make sure the issues have been fixed, and that my emails are coming through. 
 
 
 
Jessica Koleck
Project Coordinator
WWF-Australia
Mobile Phone: 04 0665 7879
Office Phone: 07 4232 1817
jkoleck@wwf.org.au 

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Majors Creek Weed Management Field Day  

Saturday 9 May, 2.30pm, 1046 Woodstock-Giru Road

Has your shed disappeared under a jungle of woody weeds?  Did you used to have productive pasture?  Why not learn how to manage weeds at a Healthy Habitats field day in Majors Creek before your house vanishes too! NQ Dry Tropics has been working with a landholder near Double Creek to develop a plan to protect and restore the special vegetation on her property. We are hosting this event to showcase the progress made, and take you through the process of deciding how to manage weeds on your property and then actually doing it.  

There will be a walk through the property and some demonstrations of weed management techniques, including cold burn fuel reduction burning. Attendees should wear sturdy shoes, bring a hat and a water bottle. 

If you have any questions about the project or the field day at Majors Creek, please contact Jaymie Rains, Project Officer, (NQ Dry Tropics) at jaymie.rains@nqdrytropics.com.au or 0427 023 192.
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some of our local schools might be interested in applying for these grants; please pass it on to your local school

The successful strengthening communities devolved grant applicants are below.  We had 21 expression on interests and 18 applications.  I would like to say thank you to Phil Cook from DLC for his contribution on the selection panel.  His insights, knowledge and advice were greatly appreciated.  
- Queens Beach Action Group - Saving Yasso Point
Ravenswood Restoration and Preservation Ass. - Ravenswood Community Garden
- Toomulla Coastcare - Toomulla beach foreshore and wetland on ground works plan
- Mundy Creek Catchment Care - Mundy Creek Catchment Connections
- Woodstock Landcare - Woodstock WONS
- Wulgurukaba - Looking after Country, west point conservation park
- Tangaroa Blue Foundation - Burdekin Dry Tropics beach clean ups Alva, Pallarenda, Shelley beaches)
- Lower Burdekin Landcare Association - Protecting and revitalising the natural cultural aspects of the Juru Walk precinct
- Magnetic Island Nature Care Association - Removing Lantana from Bolger Bay Conservation Park, Magnetic Island GBRWHA
- Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare - Ross river community weed control project
- Conservation Volunteers Australia - Making Wongaloo wonderful
- BBIFMAC - Maintaining salvinia weevil breeding nursery
- Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation - Weed management of cats claw creeper and Thunbergia within Black Scrub, Cromarty Wetlands
- Conservation Volunteers Australia - making a difference to the Town Common

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do you know a woman who might want to change her skills or upgrade her training?

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NEWS RELEASE

Community groups band together for local wetland project

Local community groups have teamed up to plan and build a demonstration wetland at the Lower Burdekin Landcare nursery.

Project partners are Lower Burdekin Landcare Association, Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee (BBIFMAC), Wetland Care Australia, NQ Dry Tropics, Burdekin Shire Council, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). 

BBIFMAC and Lower Burdekin Landcare have constructed a system to capture, clean and recycle nursery water runoff with funding and in-kind support from other project partners. 

Lower Burdekin Landcare Nursery Manager Ross Gelling said the model wetland would demonstrate the theory of water polishing using aquatic plants and also provide an environment to raise wetland plants for use by the community, farmers and for projects such as the Wetland Care Australia Barratta Creek Catchment project. 

“The community will be able to come and see firsthand how they can create their own wetlands, what plants they will need and learn how wetlands can benefit their properties,” Mr Gelling said.

Wetlandcare Australia’s Senior Project Officer Merv Pyott believes the model wetland provides a working example of how Landholders can assist nature by creating a living ecosystem, which provides natural habitat for fish, birds and mammals alike. In agricultural areas this system can still be used as a recycle pit to reuse farm tail-water but with the added benefit of creating a mini oasis on farm. 

Once complete the demonstration wetland will also include interpretative signage to educate visitors about the role wetlands play in local ecosystems and in improving water quality.

Jaymie Rains, NQ Dry Tropics Healthy Habitats field officer believes the initiative will be a practical education resource for students, community groups and local land holders. 

“I think when the community visits the site they will be inspired to get involved in building healthy wetlands across the Burdekin and with access to the local wetland plants can feel empowered to create their own wetland habitats,” said Jaymie.

GBRMPA liaison officer Sarah Strutt said in addition to improving water quality on site, the project had strengthened relationships between local community groups and shown there were benefits to be had for the Reef catchment in pooling resources and experience.

“The initiative has helped project partners to connect, improve relationships and understanding of what each other does. We hope they will be inspired to collaborate on future projects that will improve the health of the Burdekin catchment and in doing so, enhance the resilience of the Reef to changing climate,” said Ms Strutt.

Burdekin Shire Council played an integral part in the creating of the demonstration wetland. 

“This project not only helps Council in its work with landholders on lagoon maintenance, but will also be an excellent education tool for our local schools. We will be able to use it to not only explain how to maintain and improve these areas, but also to provide our community with a greater understanding of the value of our wetlands.” Linda Govan, Co-ordinator Environment and Health, said.

The project is nearing completion. Once the plants are established and signage in place the community will be invited to come and see it for themselves. 

Linda Kirk, Lower Burdekin Landcare Association Inc. 0415 307 374 
secretary@lowerburdekinlandcare.org.au
Tom McShane, BBIFMAC 4783 4344 tom@bbifmac.org.au
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grader grass pictures
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Grader grass is a spreading weed species.  You may have seen it from the road, paddocks full of rusty orange grass.
It is hard to control, but here is some information that may help you.

Grader grass is best controlled by using a glyphosate based herbicide applied only to the grader grass plants, and by improving pasture management.
Do not burn grader grass in situ.  It burns too hot and kills out any good grasses.

Grader grass is not a declared weed but is having a serious impact on the value of grazing capacity, biodiversity, fuel loads and the resulting increase in fire intensity. Grader grass is a disturbance specialist, and will continue to spread along tracks and roads, aided by vehicles and slashers, and will spread into the landscape in response to disturbance such as heavy grazing, off-road vehicle use, fire or other human disturbance.
Preferred control method:
Grader grass generally behaves as an annual so most control techniques should only be undertaken during periods of active growth. Every dry season, the plant dies off and regenerates from the seed bank, so effective control generally revolves around preventing the plants replenishing the seed bank. A range of control options are available for controlling grader grass.
 
·        For small infestations, hand removal is best with plants then piled and burnt (e.g. in an incinerator) to destroy seeds.
·        Slashing when plants are in full flower is known to be effective but is difficult to time. Plants can set seed when relatively small and several slashings may be required in fairly quick succession. Access to tractor slashers can be difficult when wet conditions makes the soil too soft for tractor slashers. It has been noted that regenerating grader grass will often grow sideways, making it difficult for follow-up slashing.
·        Selective spot-spraying of young plants with Glyphosate is effective, but overspray of desirable species must be avoided. In mixed grass assemblages, Paraquat dichloride will selectively kill grader grass and other annuals while allowing perennial grasses to persist (Keir & Vogler 2006). It should be noted though that Paraquat dichloride is quite toxic and is best used by licensed and experienced contractors. Applying the herbicide as a fine mist spray (on a still day) will help reduce the amount of herbicide that comes into contact with more desirable grasses beneath the grader grass
·        Wick-wiping using a soaker hose mounted on a tractor and kept saturated with glyphosate herbicide is dragged over grader grass at a set height that avoids damage to the other lower-growing desirable grasses. This technique is not widely employed to control grader grass since thick swards tend to bend over preventing herbicide contact with much of the infestation, and it causes considerable wear and tear on equipment. This technique may, however, be suitable in light infestations but its use is largely untried.
·        Spray topping – potentially the best chemical solution to large infestations of grader grass, this new and innovative technique developed by the Tropical Weeds Research Centre involves spraying sub-lethal amounts of herbicide prior to, and during seed production stage. Glyphosate is applied at a rate of 200L/ha and a concentration of 180 g active ingredient /hectare (a.i/ha). This will significantly reduce grader grass seed production by more than 90% while minimising damage to non-target species and maintaining plant competition. Follow-up applications will need to be considered if control over grader grass is to be maintained. Once populations have been reduced to manageable levels, other control techniques can then be employed.
·        Weeds Australia: http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&state=&s=&ibra=all&card=G21 ·        DPI Info sheet: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/4790_7293_ENA_HTML.htm
·        Grader grass (current knowledge): http://www.tropicalgrasslands.asn.au/Tropical%20Grasslands%20Journal%20archive/PDFs/Vol_40_2006/Vol_40_04_2006_pp193_201.pdf
·        Specimen: http://cms.jcu.edu.au/discovernature/weedscommon/JCUDEV_012566  
http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-490a-8d04-0605030c0f01/media/Html/Themeda_quadrivalvis.htm

http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/plants/weeds-pest-animals-ants/weeds/a-z-listing-of-weeds/photo-guide-to-weeds/grader-grass

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The war on weeds is a 24/7 fight - join the battle!  The NQ Dry Tropics Healthy Habitats and Biodiversity teams will be joining forces with Biosecurity Queensland to bring you this workshop in Bluewater 15 June.
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