A Great Roll Up For VBT Roadshows In South Gippsland

Over 100 people attended the two VBT roadshows on the 7th and 8th of February 2014 at Boolarra and Toora North. Both events had a wide range of speakers from private landholders, chemical representatives, project officers, government staff and Landcare representatives. From these experts we...

Purple Blotch Disease Update

      Potential Biological Control for Blackberry One of the roles of The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT) is to oversee the implementation of the Victorian Blackberry Strategy (VBS). The VBS recognises that blackberry is a complex problem which can't be solved but can be managed by limiting its...

Unmanned Aircraft and Weed Control

Listen to ABC interview with Victorian Blackberry Taskforce members and farmers on the potential of unmanned aircraft being used as a potential tool for controlling blackberry. abc article_unmanned aircraft VBT members with unmanned aircraft ...

Chair of VBT recognised by Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Lyn Coulston, Chair of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce, efforts have been mentioned to by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria. See article below. See article below or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Commissioner-for-Environmental-Sustainability-Victoria/191442837552506 International Women's Day lunch with Sustainability Victoria (tomorrow). Whilst I am giving the keynote I will be talking about all the others who just...

Barkers Creek – Woody Weed Day

The Barkers Creek Landcare Network is hosting a free event. Woody Weed Control Demonstration Day On-site demonstrations of relevant woody weed control techniques Useful information on how to get the best results Demonstration of ECOblade, a machine which cuts and paints Blackberry/Gorse in one action Drinks and a light lunch...

Increasing access to Landcare community accounts

One of the most important but least understood parts of a Landcare community meeting is the Treasurer\'s report, this is often because the financial report is presented as a statement of receipts and payments, accounts for payment and current bank balances. Most people see this...

I-weed spraying!

Yamaha Motor Australia is bringing cutting edge unmanned aircraft technology to Australia to combat noxious weeds. Originally developed to dust rust paddies in built up farm areas in Japan's unique rural urban landscape, the RMAX unmanned helicopter is set to draw attention. With a total length of...

VBT member wins award

Alex Arbuthnot, representative on the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce, was awarded the National Farmers' Federation Award of Honour. Alex has been a valuable member of the Taskforce for 11 years, working to promote community-led action in managing blackberry. For more information on the award visit - http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/10/23/546526_national-news.html [caption id="attachment_108" align="alignnone"...

Case Study: How a farmer used goats to control blackberry

By Alistair Stevenson, LaTrobe University About a decade ago, the present landholders moved to their current property in the Upper Murray region. Their property was once part of a large sheep operation. When they purchased it, there were masses of blackberry infestations in the forested country...

Wellington Blackberry Action Group

The Wellington Blackberry Action has been recently funded through the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce's community partnership program. To here more about the group, listen to Col Merlo, Chair of the group, who spoke on ABC's rural report by clicking here:  http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2012/10/weeds-cops-news-and-tri-athletes.html?site=gippsland&program=gippsland_breakfast  ...