African Boxthorn Response Project – Monto Area
African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimumu) is a spiny shrub from South Africa introduced to Australia as a hedge. Since its introduction, it has since spread to pastures, neglected areas, roadsides, railways and waterways. It forms impenetrable, sharp spined thickets, which can inhibit the movement of stock. Dense infestations will reduce the usability of pasture land and hinder mustering, while also being a haven for rabbits.
African boxthorn is a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and has been recognised as a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
Partnering with the Wide Bay Burnett Organisation of Councils (WBBROC), North Burnett Regional Council seeks landholders and members of the public to provide information on any known locations of infestations around the Monto area.
Once this information is collated, Council will initiate a response strategy in October where a team of local government employees will undertake free initial control work in consulation and collaboration with landholders.
Landholders and members of the public are encouraged to contact North Burnett Regional Council’s Natural Resources Management team on 1300 MY NBRC (1300 696 272) for more information or to register for this program.