The Wellington District Blackberry Taskforce (WDBT) has gained cooperation from a wide range of land managers, including private landholders, Southern Rural Water (SRW) and the Wellington Shire Council (WSC).
The Community Partnership Project has produced excellent results over the past two years, signing up 41 landholders to voluntary management agreements, accounting for 3400 ha of private property.
One of the positive aspects of the program is the eagerness for land managers to work with the taskforce and shift priorities to achieve blackberry control on a landscape scale. This season the group targeted the Upper Maffra region, signing five landholders, accounting for 310
hectares of private property, as a result Southern Rural Water and the Wellington Shire Council sprayed two kilometres of channels and drains and 3 kilometres of council roads respectively.
For more news on local partnership program activities read the latest edition of the VBTNews – May 2015.