Campaign launched to target toxic weed on KI

Campaign launched to target toxic weed on KI

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A CAMPAIGN to control the toxic weed Cape tulip, which has significantly increased on Kangaroo Island since the 2019/20 bushfires, is underway.

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RISK: Cape tulip has increased significantly on Kangaroo Island since the 2019/20 bushfires and can be toxic to livestock. PHOTO: KI Landscape Board.

RISK: Cape tulip has increased significantly on Kangaroo Island since the 2019/20 bushfires and can be toxic to livestock. PHOTO: KI Landscape Board.

A CAMPAIGN to control the toxic weed Cape tulip, which has significantly increased on Kangaroo Island since the 2019/20 bushfires, is underway.

The weed is toxic to all types of grazing animals and represents a serious threat to KI's livestock industry.

To stop the spread of the weed, a coordinated campaign with multiple methods of support and control is taking place this winter led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

Bushfire-affected landholders battling Cape tulip can apply for subsidies of up to $3000 or half the purchase cost of equipment to control the weed on their land, including weed wipers and boom sprays. The subsidy applies to equipment purchased between February 2020 and 30 June 2022.

A blitz from Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2 will bring weed control officers from Landscape Boards across the state to KI.

They will spend a week with local weed officers controlling Cape tulip in creek lines and native vegetation on private properties on the South Coast.

As part of the campaign, weed control contractors will be available to assist landholders in other fire-affected areas of the island.

The campaign to control Cape tulip will be a coordinated effort between PIRSA, the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board, the Department of Environment and Water, farmers, landholders and community members.

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