bitou-bushA co-ordinated approach to bitou bush control across the Northern Rivers this May will help to bring this devastating weed under control, according to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

NPWS Pest Management Officer Lisa Wellman said that State and local government had joined forces in a strategic and efficient cross-landscape approach.

“A range of organisations are conducting bitou bush control and obviously the weed doesn’t stop at property or local government boundaries,” Ms Wellman said.

“Tweed, Byron, Ballina and Richmond Valley shire councils, the NPWS, Far North Coast Weeds, the Department of Lands and the Catchment Management Authority are working together to eradicate this weed.

“This May, the inaccessible cliff faces and headlands of Cape Byron Headland and Broken Head Nature Reserve will be aerially sprayed again, following the very successful operation last year.

“Byron Shire Council and the NPWS will also conduct a combined aerial spraying operation for the first time in the north of Byron Shire.

“This will include Brunswick Heads and Billinudgel nature reserves and crown lands north of the Brunswick River.

“This aerial spraying will complement on ground control conducted throughout the region.

“In Ballina Shire extensive work has seen the transformation of Lennox Headland and Angels Beach, and eight years of work in Bundjalung National Park in Richmond Valley Shire is also paying great dividends.

“Tweed Shire is also conducting extensive work to maintain the ‘Northern Containment Zone’ to prevent the spread of the weed into Queensland.

“The aim of this co-ordinated approach is to ‘join up the dots’ of previous control efforts.

“Bitou bush control throughout the region is already having major benefits for biodiversity, including threatened species at risk from this weed.”