Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party News

Control serrated tussock before seeding

Now is the ideal time to check your property for the noxious weed serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma). The recent rains and warm start to spring in some parts of Victoria has been good for pastures and crops, but unfortunately, also good for the growth of serrated tussock. Controlling serrated tussock before the plant goes to... Read more

Reforming Victoria’s biosecurity legislation

Biosecurity refers to the measures and controls that protect us from the negative impacts of pests, weeds and diseases. This includes our industries, the economy and community, natural environment, and our cultural and recreational assets. Victoria has an effective biosecurity system that has successfully protected the state from many damaging pests, weeds and diseases. However,... Read more

Determining the cost of tussock: Victoria

We are often asked about the economic, environmental and social cost of serrated tussock to the Victorian economy, and at the moment, we really don’t know. The VSTWP have a number of outdated and often irrelevant figures from other states and from within Victoria, but nothing up to date and accurate in todays terms. Recently... Read more

Update: Biocontrol of serrated tussock

We are excited to report that our biological control research project has reached a milestone update, which we received from Agriculture Victoria a few weeks ago. The update report highlighted the progress and challenges to date and sets the scene for the upcoming research trials and possible challenges ahead. The VSTWP contributed $25,000 towards the... Read more

Using remote sensing to find tussock: research

The VSTWP have been watching with excitement at an innovative research project by Agriculture Victoria on the use of remote sensing to determine the distribution of alligator weed and serrated tussock. The research team explored the use of satellite imagery to map serrated tussock across the landscape, and developed a series of serrated tussock classification... Read more

VSTWP engage at Hamilton Sheepvention

The VSTWP had a blast at the popular Hamilton Sheepvention in early August 2022. The event was massive and was the first face-to-face event the VSTWP had attended in Hamilton for over 2 years with landowners and managers having a chance to see serrated tussock specimens and learning how to best manage serrated tussock infestations.... Read more

Agriculture Victoria tackle tussock in Melbourne’s North-East fringe

The VSTWP would like to thank Agriculture Victoria for their inspections and surveillance across 65 properties around north-eastern Melbourne. Compliance inspections from authorised officers form a vital role in controlling the spread of serrated tussock in Victoria. The article below was published in the Agriculture Victoria website. Landowners in the St Andrews, Watsons Creek and... Read more

Victorian Landcare Grants Now Open: Apply Now

The VSTWP partner with Landcare on many projects and believe Landcare Grants are a great way to tackle Serrated Tussock. The Victorian Government is providing $3.35 million through the Victorian Landcare Grants to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our... Read more

Join us at Sheepvention August 2022: Hamilton VIC

The VSTWP will again have a stall at the mighty Sheepvention 2022, which is held at the Hamilton Showgrounds on July 31st and August 1st and 2nd. It will sure to be a massive event and will allow the VSTWP to engage with the broader farming and rural community. Come and say hello, and receive... Read more

Grow West Community Planting Day 2022: 24 July 2022

Join our partners Grow West for a community planting day along the Werribee River. There are limited tickets, so get in quick. Bring the family and help us improve habitat on the Werribee River. You will be joining other volunteers to plant 4,000 seedlings and make up and install tree guards to protect the seedlings.... Read more