Buffel grass targeted on Eastern Eyre

Corey Yeates
Corey Yeates

Invasive buffel grass has been found in and around Cowell and Cleve districts and Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula is working with land managers to control it.

Natural Resources Management officer Corey Yeates said the focus had been on survey and treatment, education and combining resources to tackle the highly invasive species that had a pattern of invading and spreading from road verges.

“Reporting new buffel grass outbreaks and treating these infestations at correct times is fundamental if we are to get the upper hand on this species,” Mr Yeates said.

“Working together is important - we want to work closely with land managers on Eyre Peninsula so everyone understands how to identify buffel grass and what actions are needed to prevent further spread.

“This year we’ve made a concerted effort to provide more than 100 buffel grass control information packs to local property owners and involve Eastern Eyre Peninsula landholders in identification workshops.”

Aboriginal Partnerships Natural Resources Management officer Fred Pickett, who assists in a targeted control program which monitors known priority sites and surveys for new infestations across the peninsula, said early summer rains had caused huge growth in buffel grass this year.

“We’ve intensively surveyed 80 kilometres of land along and surrounding the Lincoln Highway north of Whyalla,” Mr Pickett said.

“We’ve now treated more than 50 infestations and more than 350 buffel grass plants, from the survey.

“In Port Neill, Arno Bay, Elbow Hill, Cleve areas and the outskirts of Cowell we treated buffel grass with fluprophenate spray and granules in February and March, with more than 5000 plants now controlled.”