Jewel Beetles will be released into Barkers Creek to suppress the growth Madeira Vine and Cat's Claw Creeper.
Jewel Beetles will be released into Barkers Creek to suppress the growth Madeira Vine and Cat's Claw Creeper. Contributed

Region fights to contain environmental weed

THE FIGHT continues against one of Australia's worst environmental weeds.

The Madeira Vine has infested two parts of the Mackay region, at Plane Creek, Sarina and along Cattle Creek, between Netherdale and Gargett.

Cr Karen May said there were likely other infestations around the region.

"It can be found in urban areas where it has been introduced as a garden plant,” she said.

"Madeira vine invades riparian areas, near rivers or creeks, and can grow up to one metre per week.”

Cr Karen May said the council was conducting trials to find out the best way to control the plant in local conditions.

"Control is difficult, as the aerial tubers are prolific, growing along the stems of the vines as well as underground,” she said.

The council, Pioneer Catchment Landcare and Reef Catchments will hold an education session today at 4pm at Finch Hatton Showgrounds.

There will be a weed control demonstration, talks on riparian restoration and a demonstration showing how drones can map weed infestations.



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