Sunshine Coast 1, Weeds 0
  • Thursday 28 August 2008

Council together with local community based nurseries will host the Sunshine Coast’s weedbusters week from 1 – 5 September in an effort to raise awareness about the impact weeds can have on our local environment.

Throughout weedbusters week, at locations across the region, council will be giving away three free native plants and a copy of local plant guide, ‘our locals are beauties’ in exchange for a bag of weeds from the Sunshine Coast ‘hit list’.

This initiative gives home gardeners the opportunity to replace potentially damaging environmental weeds with suitable native replacement plants.

Cr Keryn Jones explains that environmental weeds are often common plants that have escaped from gardens and become established in the natural environment.

“A worrying statistic is that 70% of the invasive environmental weeds in south east Queensland are actually escaped garden plants” Cr Jones said.

“Environmental weeds have the capacity to invade and displace desirable plants in the environment and adversely affect the survival of indigenous flora and fauna. Weedbusters week is a perfect opportunity to target some of the most invasive weeds.”

“Weedbusters week gives gardeners the ability to differentiate weeds from natives.”

“Part of the problem is that many people are unaware that their gardens are host to environmental weeds, many of the weeds on the ‘hit list’ are incredibly pretty and do not fall into the stereotypical image of weeds.”

"Weedbusting does not need to be confined to weedbusters week. There are plenty of activities throughout the year aimed at maintaining and improving local bushland areas. These activities are largely undertaken by volunteers together with council, check out your local paper for groups near you or contact council’s customer service centre."

Weedbusters is a national awareness program that works with the community to achieve sustainable land and water management, primarily through increased public involvement in weed management, education and awareness projects.

Identification flyers are available from libraries across the coast, council customer service centres and council’s website.