Department of Primary Industries (DPI) officers are pleased with the outcomes of a recent gorse control program on Phillip Island.
The control program was undertaken after concerns were raised by the Bass Coast Landcare Network and residents of Phillip Island and Corinella.
DPI Biosecurity Officer Larry Martin said gorse was of particular concern on Phillip Island and DPI was using its enforcement powers to support the community’s efforts.
“Gorse infestations have been significantly reduced in the Bass Coast Shire. Funding has been provided by the Victorian Gorse Task Force to facilitate community-led gorse control,” Mr Martin said.
DPI provided compliance support to the Bass Coast Landcare Network to ensure the proactive approach of the wider community was not jeopardised by recalcitrant landholders.
“DPI inspected seven priority properties, and issued 12 directions notices requiring gorse control works to be undertaken,” Mr Martin said.
“Recent inspections found that all 12 directions notices have been complied with to a very high standard.
“This gorse control program has involved both private and public land managers and has shown what can be achieved when everyone works together in a coordinated approach.”
Mr Martin said all community members needed to play their part in helping to control gorse.
Under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (CaLP) 1994 landowners are liable for fines up to $29,000 and DPI will bring landowners to account if their inaction threatens the effectiveness of weed control efforts by the wider community.
“The Bass Coast Landcare Network and the Phillip Island community have shown that they want DPI to enforce action on priority species such as gorse and bolster the community-led efforts,” Mr Martin said.
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