Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party News

Project updates, COVID-19 and feedback:

As you would know by now, the VSTWP have postponed our Annual Stakeholder Forum until October 2020, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 Virus. We will provide an update below for our stakeholders, on our recent news, achievements and communications. We also hope you can update us on how we can help you... Read more

Sydenham Park rising from the ashes

In autumn 2019 a controlled burn of 16.5 hectares was undertaken at Sydenham Park in partnership with DELWP, Parks Victoria and Brimbank Council.  The objectives of the burn was to reduce the fuel load and risk of wildfire which allowed us to prepare the site for follow up spraying of Serrated Tussock and Artichoke Thistle. ... Read more

Landcare Australia Bushfire Recovery Grants open now – APPLY BY FRIDAY 13TH MARCH

Landcare Australia Bushfire Recovery Grants open now – APPLY BY FRIDAY 13TH MARCH Landcare Australia’s Bushfire Recovery Grants 2020 will support Landcare and environmental volunteer groups/networks located in bushfire affected areas across Australia. Aim: the Bushfire Recovery Grants 2020 program aim to support the urgent needs of the Landcare community to restore essential wildlife habitat, shelterbelts... Read more

Mt Wallace Project Update

As we watch dust roll over the state, it’s a reminder of how Serrated Tussock got established in the areas east of Mt Wallace and the lesson we must heed. The 1982-83 drought caught a lot of land managers off guard, and many paddocks were turned to dust when they should have been destocked. From... Read more

Update: Atlas of Living Australia: Train the Trainer Workshop

Planning is still underway to deliver Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) Train the Trainer Workshops across Victoria. Applications are still open for interest at several locations at this stage. They will be delivered mid to late 2020, due to a delay in bushfire affected areas. Workshops will be delivered by Peter Brenton, Manager of Applications,... Read more

Competition is the key to managing Tussock

As a seedling, serrated tussock is a weak competitor. Maintaining a healthy ground cover of desirable species is the key for long term management and control. Competition should be made an integral part of any control program. Competitive techniques comprise cultivation, pasture establishment and renovation, grazing management, and afforestation. Cultivation on its own is a... Read more

Where are we now in the lifecycle of Serrated Tussock?

Serrated tussock is a perennial plant, meaning it grows for two years or more. Serrated tussock moves through its lifecycle by germinating, producing seedlings, progressing through active growth, where it flowers then seeds, repeating the cycle. The timing of different stages can vary depending on temperature, rainfall and soil fertility. Source: National Serrated Tussock Best... Read more

Serrated tussock workshop a great way to share strategies

Serrated tussock now covers more than 240,000 hectares of land in Victoria. Large infestations require ongoing management and the integration of several control techniques. Each mature serrated tussock plant can produce 100,000 seeds in a season, blowing up to 20 kilometres from the parent plant. Over winter the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) hosted... Read more
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AGM highlights VSTWP success

The VSTWP recently completed its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Bacchus Marsh and was delighted to see two new Community Representatives join the strong committee for the next term of governance. Charles Grech and Graham Hooper joined the VSTWP as Community Representatives for the areas of Darraweit Guim and Bacchus Marsh, and both have agricultural... Read more

VSTWP deliver expert advice at weed networking day

VSTWP Community Representatives Alan Morton and Lachlan McIntrye presented an overview of Serrated Tussock management at the recent Weed Networking Day in Beveridge Recreation Reserve on November 16th 2019. The network event was hosted by three local governments, Mitchell, Hume and Whittlesea Shires, and attracted a strong number of keen landowners across the three local... Read more