Landowners fined over gorse infestations (VIC)

A number of landowners in the Glenlyon and Lauriston areas have had Infringement Notices issued for failure to control gorse on their properties.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Officer Martin Deering said the landowners were fined because of their inaction in controlling gorse.

“The Glenlyon and Lauriston communities sought assistance from DPI to deal with poor landowner performance in relation to gorse control,” Mr Deering said.

“Over the past three years these communities have participated in gorse control projects in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority and DPI is using its enforcement powers to support that effort.

“DPI staff responded to community concerns and issued directions notices or Land Management Notices for the control of gorse to 41 landholders in the area.”

Mr Deering said five landholders were issued with Infringement Notices because of their failure to act on a lawful direction to undertake gorse control.

Next February DPI will undertake additional property reinspections and will consider further action where landowners have failed to control gorse as directed.

Secretary of the Upper Glenlyon Landcare Group, Dr John Cable, said DPI is supporting their efforts to control gorse.

“All members of the local community need to do their bit to help control this invasive weed, and when this doesn’t occur DPI are requested to inspect the property and undertake compliance action if necessary.”

Mr Deering said DPI has a clear message from the Upper Glenlyon Landcare Group that they want DPI to support the community by enforcing action on priority species such as gorse.”

For further information regarding gorse and other weeds, visit the DPI website or telephone DPI on 138 186.

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