Weeds Field day at Munni on Saturday, May 18

Aggressive: Giant Parramatta grass.
Aggressive: Giant Parramatta grass.

Land owners and managers can learn about the latest techniques for the treatment of local weeds during a field day this Saturday, May 18.

Dungog Shire Council's Local Weeds Advisory Committee is hosting the event at Munni.

According to the Council's Manager of Environmental Services Paul Minett, the event will provide land owners and managers with information ahead of the spring growing season.

"We have expert speakers describing and demonstrating the treatment of weeds such as green cestrum, cats claw creeper and giant Parramatta grass which are prominent in the shire," he said.

"The experts will talk about traditional chemical treatment and also alternatives to the reliance on chemicals which we have found many landholders are seeking.

"The Council's Weeds Advisory Committee comprises a number of local private and government landholders who considered it important that information be provided to assist people when it comes to weed management.

"It is also an opportunity to provide advice on landholders new responsibilities under the Biosecurity Act."

The field day will be held on private property at 539 Salisbury Road Munni from 10am until 12pm with a sausage sizzle and an opportunity to discuss weed management with the expert speakers.

Presenters include Nikki Brown from Wildlife Australia who will discuss organic methods of weed control and Jeremy Bradley from Soil Trooper who has produced a soil ameliant aimed at controlling giant Parramatta grass.

Alex MacKenzie from Nature Call will discuss weed treatment using minimal chemicals whilst the council's Weed Office,r Eric Pasenow, will give a practical demonstration of cut stump treatment.

A representative from Hunter Local Land Services will also provide information about landholders General Biosecurity Duty. (GBD).

"Interested landholders are encouraged to come along for a few hours and gain some valuable tips for weed control". Mr Minett said.

"Theres no need to book, just follow the signs to 539 Salisbury Road on election day and enjoy the event."