The practice of the weed policies, do they work?

Frances Overmars, Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group, 1383 Doherty's Road, Mt. Cotterel, Victoria 3024, Australia.


The National, State, Local Government and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority's weed policies are discussed in relation to Chilean needle grass and serrated tussock management. Integrated weed control methods are described with an emphasis on managing both native grass and weed seed production in order to favour the competing pasture species. The need for an extension to the Land Management Notice, such as a provision for a pasture management course and a pasture extension officer is explained from an integrated land management perspective. Training of registered weed control practitioners to increase proficiency in identification of grass species and effective targeted herbicide application is recommended.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2005) 20 (3) 117-121.