tussock is found in many rural areas across greater Geelong with the worst
infestations occurring on farmland around Anakie, Lara and Little River.
a Weed of National Significance, serrated tussock is regarded as one of
Australia’s worst weeds due to its invasiveness, potential for spread, and
economic and environmental impacts.
are reminded of their responsibility to reduce serrated tussock on their
is a crucial time for controlling serrated tussock, and it is important to
control the plants as soon as they appear, before they set seed. They can be
controlled by using herbicide spray.
Serrated tussock typically seeds in
November in high volumes. Mature seed heads are carried along the ground and in
the air and may be blown up to several kilometres. One large plant can produce
up to 100,000 seeds each year.
are also dispersed by moving water, mud, in hay, on machinery and equipment,
coats of livestock and in the animal droppings.
City’s contractors are currently spraying serrated tussock on rural roadsides
and City managed land across the municipality.
Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party and Agriculture Victoria are working
with the City to inform landowners to act against serrated tussock and prevent
its spread to neighbouring areas.
For more information on
how to identify and control serrated tussock visit www.serratedtussock.com/.
City of Greater Geelong Acting CEO Guy
tussock is a very invasive and destructive weed. Livestock such as sheep,
horses, cows and goats can’t digest the plant, which can lead to ill condition
of the animal and potential death.
serrated tussock before it becomes established is a high priority for any
landowner. Heavy infestations of serrated tussock lead to loss of pasture and
native grasses and significantly increase fire risk.
We have a responsibility to manage serrated tussock on our land
not only for the environment, but also for our farming economy. Tussock is a
terrible pest and we must work together to control it as one of our highest
Victorian Serrated Tussock
Working Party (VSTWP) Chairman Lance Jennison
One of our recent studies found that if serrated tussock was
left to infest a property or landscape, the cost of controlling it was at least
five times higher than if it was prevented in the first instance.
This is a potential massive cost saving and an important message
to deliver to landowners who have untreated plants on their property.
Agriculture Victoria Manager of
Biosecurity Craig Clutterbuck
have a legal responsibility to control serrated tussock on their properties to
ensure they don’t adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring
properties, or impact on the natural environment.
tussock will begin to flower from October onward, with seed developing from 8
to 10 weeks later.
are encouraged to prioritise efforts to control serrated tussock now, including
revisiting treated areas to ensure all plants have been effectively