Introducing The Whittlesea Blackberry Action Group

Did you know that we now have our very own local Blackberry Action Group? With the support of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce, this group will help our community achieve similar successes in Blackberry control to those being had by multiple community Blackberry Action Groups across the state.

Our new Blackberry Action Group will soon be busy putting together an action plan for the target areas in Humevale, Kinglake West and around Toorourrong Reservoir. The project facilitator will then engage property owners in those target areas, working to enlist as many volunteers as possible for the program. At the same time, Council will continue to support Blackberry control on private land through the pest plant education and compliance program. The formation of a Blackberry Action Group has also importantly created opportunities for greater advocacy for Blackberry control on public landholdings in those areas.

If you’d like further information or are interested in joining this exciting new community group, contact Councils Environment Protection Officer on 9217-2147.

Upcoming Event: Victorian Blackberry Taskforce Presentation

You are invited to a free presentation by the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce:

Victorian Blackberry Taskforce Presentation

Venue: Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57-61 Laurel St, Whittlesea.

Date: January 19, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm (light supper provided)

 The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce is one of four community pest groups established to support efforts to tackle blackberry across public and private land.

Blackberry is a designated Weed of National Significance which is a major threat to both agricultural production and the natural environment. Immediate control is imperative to achieve the community’s desire for long term, permanent control of this plant in the Whittlesea region.

The City of Whittlesea  will be supporting a community led extension and awareness program funded by the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce.

The aim of the project is to reduce the growth and spread of blackberry on private land, and also on public/private land boundaries, by working together with all land managers to implement appropriate control measures.

To RSVP for this event , please call 9217-2147 or email katherine.whittaker@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

Feature image courtesy City of Whittlesea

It’s Blackberry time!

Now is the perfect time to start controlling blackberries! Blackberries are a serious weed in the City of Whittlesea and every landowner must do their part to eradicate this plant. If you need information on how to control this plant you can download a blackberry factsheet or call Council’s Environment Protection Officer on ph:9217 2323.