Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party News

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

Opportunity for Weed Hygiene (Weed Stop) Training

Planning is underway to deliver several nationally accredited weed hygiene workshops (WeedStop) across Victoria in 2019-20. This nationally accredited workshop aims to increase awareness of how weeds can be spread via contaminated vehicles or machinery and how the risk of this occurring can be minimised. To register your interest please complete this short survey – LINK (Requires the approximate number... Read more

Atlas of Living Australia: Train the Trainer Workshops

Planning is underway to deliver Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) Train the Trainer Workshops across Victoria, in March 2020. Workshops will be delivered by Peter Brenton, Manager of Applications, Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO. Train-the-trainer sessions are intended for community facilitators who will use what they learn in these sessions to promote the use of the ALA tools... Read more

Maffra Ag Show get the tussock talk

The VSTWP had a huge few days at the excellent Maffra Ag Show last weekend, with our community representatives Wendy Bitans and Norm Cameron showing the community some serrated tussock plants and highlgihting the impact they can have. Wendy Bitans wrote the following regarding her experience at the VSTWP stall. “Arriving early at showgrounds venue,... Read more

Victorian Serrated Tussock Strategy 2018-2023

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Strategy 2018-2023 is the primary guiding strategy for the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party. The Strategy outlines our goal and three key objectives: Goal: A reduced impact of serrated tussock on Victoria’s economy, environment and communities. Objectives Build community capability to prevent and manage serrated tussock. Reduce the current impact of serrated... Read more

AGM: Wednesday 18 November 2020

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party invite you to attend their final meeting for the year and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 18 November 2020. This will be via video and phone teleconferencing, a first for the VSTWP.  At the AGM the VSTWP will provide an overview of activities over the previous 12 months and elect... Read more