The serrated tussock, a regionally prohibited weed, has been found in Moira Shire for the first time.
Moira Mayor Libro Mustica said the importance of early detection, particularly of new outbreaks, meant these outbreaks could be easily managed.
‘‘It is estimated the annual cost of invasive plants to Australian agriculture is $4billion through yield losses and product contamination,’’ Cr Mustica said.
‘‘We are committed to a long-term, five-year program to control weeds along council-managed roadsides.
‘‘The Roadside Weeds and Pests Program over the last two years has controlled weeds on approximately 1460km of roadsides or 44 per cent of our total rural road length of 3300km.
‘‘In addition our operations teams are continually identifying and controlling weeds within our towns.’’
Cr Mustica said the prevention, management and eradication of invasive weed species could only be achieved in partnership with industry, community and government.
■To report ‘state prohibited species’, phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186.
■A comprehensive list of invasive plant species in Victoria can be found at: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au