Last Monday, the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group (TCCG) were presented with a 2018 Froggatt Award by Andrew Cox, CEO of the Invasive Species Council. This is a National award and is given to groups who have made a major contribution to protecting our Australian native plants, animals and environment from dangerous new invasive species. Andrew presented the award to Lee Mead, President of TCCG, stating “this very active and hard-working group are bestowed the award for their outstanding work in the area of ‘Control and Eradication’ of the highly invasive ‘Wheel Cactus’ species”.
Accepting the award, Lee responded saying “we are very proud and honoured to receive this award; congratulations to all our volunteer ‘cactus warriors’ who have contributed to our work over the past 14 years”. She believes that the group’s success is due to their many dedicated and passionate volunteers who have a diverse range of skills and talents, and great team work. Lee closed by thanking all their supporters and partners, especially Parks Victoria, and added “this award acknowledges all our hard work and will help motivate us to keep fighting our war on Wheel Cactus’.