A forum about the prevention and management of aquatic weeds in Queensland is being held on the 24th of June, 2011 at the Australis Noosa Lakes Convention and Exhibition Centre, Noosaville.
With already 80 confirmed attendees, including councils stretching from the NSW border to Gladstone and beyond, Noosa Biosphere will be inundated with those passionate about conserving the environment and preventing the destruction caused by weeds.
The Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group have rounded up top weed experts from a range of disciplines from around the country to share their knowledge and research as well as help to identify weeds and differentiate natives.
Mr Phillip Moran, deputy chairman of Noosa Biosphere and natural resource manager at Noosa and District Landcare, will be the MC for the forum and believes the Noosa Biosphere is leading the way in respect to early weed detection and prevention.
“This open forum is a good opportunity to share and disseminate the latest information and advice about what’s out there and treatment methods including herbicide updates, physical removal and biological control outlets,” said Mr Moran.
Mr Moran will be speaking about identification of weeds in south-east Queensland including new and emerging threats and species that haven’t been declared but could be a threat.
“We need to keep an eye on plants like the Amazon Frogbit, a popular aquarium plant, recently sighted for the first time in Redland Bay.”
“The Noosa Biosphere region has a lot of problematic aquatic weeds that have infiltrated from South America. They thrive here because of the similar sub-tropical climate however training workshops like this one help to overcome and manage the problem,” continued Mr Moran.
Other speakers will include Andrew Petroeschevsky from the National Aquatic Weeds Group who will be discussing strategic plans and programs to combat weeds and the challenges that weed managers face in the future.
Shon Schooler from CSIRO is delving into several cases of biological control in south-east Queensland and discussing its benefits in comparison to herbicides or physical removal.
Tony Dugdale from DPI Victoria Biosciences Research will present an overview of research on herbicides including trials and effectiveness in New Zealand and the USA and current projects in Victoria.
For further information about this forum please call 07 5482 4766 and for information about Noosa Biosphere projects involving conservation, sustainable development and education and learning visit www.noosabiosphere.org.au
12 June 2011
War On Weeds Forum
Australis Noosa Lakes Resort, Noosaville
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