Cactus Warriors Help Control Wheel Cactus Invasion

By May 22, 2016Control, Volunteers
Cactus Warriors enjoy the outdoors while helping to control Wheel Cactus

Cactus Warriors enjoy the outdoors while helping to control Wheel Cactus

The ‘cactus warrior’ army helps landowners and Parks Victoria destroy wheel cactus plants in the Maldon area. The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) wish to again thank all these willing volunteers who continue to help us control the spread of this declared noxious weed.

Since 2012, wheel cactus has also been classified as a Weed of National Significance, due to the very serious threat this cactus poses to our primary industries and natural environment. Please help us destroy all plants before they mature and produce fruit, each one fruit containing hundreds of seeds. Please contact us if you find wheel cactus plants and need help.

TCCG also welcomes new volunteers to join us at our monthly Community Field Days, which are always held on the last Sunday of the month, from April to November. We destroy wheel cactus plants by either injecting the lobes of the larger plants with herbicide or digging up the smaller plants using a hoe and bucket. All equipment is supplied, you just need to wear protective clothing such as sturdy boots and hat. Come along and enjoy a rewarding morning in our beautiful local landscapes.

Our next community field day will be on Sunday 29th May. The location is the property at 703 Waterson’s Road, which will be well signposted along Waterson’s Road from the turnoff at Bridgewater Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 pm with an enjoyable BBQ and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412 015 807.