Media Release Date:14 May 2012
Yarra Ranges Council is holding a free environmental weed tipping day at Monbulk Reserve on Saturday 26 May from 9am until 3pm.
Sponsored by the Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative, residents can dump certain weeds in skips provided at the Moores Rd Reserve.
Mayor Graham Warren said the event aimed to encourage residents to clean up their properties.
“We are providing an opportunity to get rid of your weeds for free,” he said.
“And as a result, help improve our local environment.”
Cr Warren said the targeted weeds had been identified as particularly invasive and damaging to the Yarra Ranges environment.
Weeds that will be taken on the day are: Agapanthus, Arum Lily, Asparagus Fern, Banana Passionfruit, Cotoneaster, English Holly, English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle, Karamu, Mirror Bush, Montbretia, Red Cestrum, Sweet Pittosporum, Wandering Trad, Wild Tobacco Tree.
Council cannot accept noxious weeds due to legal limitations on transport – more detail on www.dpi.vic.gov.au
Cr Warren warned residents to check when removing weeds to see if any native animals were sheltering in them.
“Always check woody weeds for nests before removing and where possible replace a weed with an indigenous native plant,” he said.
Cr Warren also suggested nest boxes to replace the habitat of native animals which are available to purchase from Council’s community links.
For more information about weeds check out Weed Control or call 1300 368 333.