Posts tagged as ‘Weeds’

Wheel Cactus working bee August 2015

Wheel Cactus working bee flyer August 2015

Posted 12 August 2015 in News, Weeds

Wheel Cactus Working Bee May 2015

Wheel Cactus roadside working bee flyer May 2015

Posted 4 May 2015 in News, Weeds

Wheel Cactus Program Launch


The Loddon Plains Landcare Network launched it’s 2015 Wheel Cactus Control Program at Mt Buckrabanyule on Sunday 19th April. Ron Kerr Jr from Dja Dja Wurrung provided a Welcome to Country before the Loddon Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Holt officially launched the program with Landcare Facilitator Anthony Gallacher (see right).

Armed with spear guns and hoes, 25 volunteers tackled an infestation along a drainage line during the afternoon, making significant headway on many cactus specimens. Ian Grenda from the Tarrengower Cactus Control Group also provided a demonstration on the use of Dacaonate versus Glyphosate as a Wheel Cactus treatment.

Thanks to all who attended the launch and assisted in making it a success. The Network will continue to run working bees with the assistance of the Wychitella District Landcare Group to tackle Wheel Cactus at Mt Buckrabanyule and surrounds.

The event was funded through a Communities for Nature Grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and supported by the Loddon Shire and Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network.


Cactus pad face AG stabbing

Photos supplied by Malcolm Cousland and Chris Rothacker.

Posted 21 April 2015 in News, Weeds

Wheel Cactus Program Launch

Wheel Cactus program launch flyer April 2015

Posted 30 March 2015 in News, Weeds

Wheel Cactus working bee March 2015

Buckra Wheel Cactus working bee flyer March 2015

Posted 19 February 2015 in News, Weeds

Silverleaf Nightshade Workshops

Silverleaf Nightshade Workshops Flyer

Posted 12 February 2015 in News, Weeds

The sun sets on these cacti

Mt Buckra dead cactus

 The sun sets on treated wheel cactus at Mt Buckrabanyule. The plants paint quite a striking picture with the west sun on them. The cacti were stem injected with glyphosate at a working bee in November as part of the Network’s Wheel Cactus control project.

Posted 17 December 2014 in Weeds

Wheel Cactus working bee

Buckra Wheel Cactus working bee flyer

Posted 1 November 2014 in News, Weeds

Wychitella District Landcare begins integrated cactus management

Cochineal releaseThe Wychitella District Landcare Group has begun a trial of a new biological control agent as part of a new push for integrated weed control of Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) in the Wychitella area.

Released on Mt Buckrabanyule in late January, the biological control agent is a cochineal scale insect that has had success in inhibiting growth of the Wheel Cactus in South Australia.

The cochineal insects were sourced from the Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee at Maldon, who have three release sites for the bug. The bug is just one of several methods used by the “Cactus Warriors” from Maldon, including the highly effective stem injection with glyphosate and physical removal of small cacti.

The Wychitella District Landcare Group is working with the Loddon Plains Landcare Network and the North Central Catchment Management Authority to develop strategies for tackling this weed.

“While the viability of the cochineal insect as a biological control for Wheel Cactus in this part of the country is unknown, it is clear that an integrated approach to tackle infestations of cacti is required, as is the case with many weed species” said Anthony Gallacher, Landcare Facilitator, Loddon Plains Landcare Network.

The group will monitor the progress and spread of the insect and if successful, will look at release outside of the current trial site.

If you are interested in hearing more or would like to get involved in fighting Wheel Cactus, please contact Anthony Gallacher.

Photo: Janet Richardson, Wychitella District Landcare Group, releases the cochineal scale insect at Mt Buckrabanyule, with infested pads pinned to healthy Wheel Cactus plants. 

Posted 3 February 2014 in News, Weeds

LPLN Committee visit to Mt Buckrabanyule

The Loddon Plains Landcare Network Committee of Management had a change of pace for their last meeting, visiting Mt Buckrabanyule located on the western edge of the Network’s area.

The Committee members were joined by locals from the Wychitella District Landcare Group, who explained the history and spread of Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) on the mountain.

The Wheel Cactus is an invasive noxious weed, which is now listed as a Weed of National Significance (WoNS). The Committee had a first hand inspection of the current state of Wheel Cactus on the mountain and a clear view of the ability of the weed to spread along roadsides and private property.

The Network aims to assist the local Landcare group to develop strategies to halt the spread of the Wheel Cactus and empower the group to tackle the infestation.

Photos: LPLN CoM discuss the spread of Wheel Cactus with locals from Wychitella District Landcare on Mt Buckrabanyule (left); Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) Flower (right).

LPLN CoM Mt Buckra Wheel Cactus Flower

Posted 14 November 2013 in News, Weeds