Gowrie Park Weed Hot Spot 2012-14

The centre of the Gowrie Park village has become a weeds hot spot for a number of weeds, many of which were a legacy of long gone gardens in the old Hydro village. Notably, Spanish Heath, Broom, Gorse and a recently identified mainland species which has gone feral here too - Kunzea Ericoides.

Mount Roland Rivercare has been working with stakeholders, firstly to map the extent of the infestation and then taking steps to control it.

The overall strategy is one of establishing a containment line around the main infestations and then controlling any weeds found outside that line. The aim is to gradually reduce the size of the main infestation, while preventing further spread of weeds beyond.

With the close proximity of the Mount Roland Reserve as well as the nearby Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area, stopping the spread of weeds is a primary objective.

This work started with funding from a Cradle Coast NRM Biodiversity Grant, which enabled the group to do the first stage of mapping around the main areas of infestation, as well as targeting some strategic or isolated patches.


As part of this project, a Broom Field Day was held at Gowrie Park, 17th November 2012 to demonstrate ways to control this weed, as well as how to identify the different types (English Broom and Montpelier Broom) and to look at sites that had been cleared, where the native vegetation was recovering.


In collaboration with Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service - an information day was held at Gowrie Park in August 2012 focusing on Spanish Heath.  It was a chance to view the proliferation of Spanish Heath and other weeds at the old Hydro village site as well as see control methods demonstrated. Read more about Spanish Heath and control methods.


Another weed came to awareness that had previously been assumed to be a native tea-tree species. While being a mainland native, Kunzea Ericoides is not indigenous to Tasmania and considered to be of "weedy" status. This has now been added to the Gowrie Park Weed project plans and funding through a two year Landcare Biodiversity grant from Landcare Tasmania [with partner The Private Land and Conservation Program (DPIPWE) through funding from the Australian Government's Biodiversity Fund] is assisting our work to tackle this weed as well.

This grant is funding more mapping (we now have mapped all the way around Mount Roland); weed control work in reserve areas and some strategic locations; and signage at key locations.

Another important part of this project is stakeholder liaison and awareness raising, particularly in regards to Kunzea which is often "not seen", as it is assumed to be native.

Another field day was held on 1st February 2014, at Gowrie Park and was well attended by local property owners keen to know more about Kunzea Ericoides.

Read more about Kunzea Ericoides.

Work is continuing ....






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