The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) were able to continue delivering the extension services program to the Ballarat and Pipers Creek areas, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Abiding by the appropriate guidelines and practicing a safe social distance, 30 properties were visited by our Extension Officer, Brydie Murrihy, across 6 months.
So, what was involved in the property inspections? Brydie and the landholder inspected the property for gorse. Once gorse was located it was assessed, mapped and photographed. Brydie then offered and discussed appropriate control method options for each location or circumstance with the landholder. Brydie also offered advice for follow up control to maintain the gorse in the following years. Using the information gathered an extensive gorse management plan was offered to the landholder shortly after the visit.
For some landholders, extra resources were given such as the Best Practice Guide and the Glovebox Identification Guide to give to their neighbours. “The range of gorse infestation types and circumstances were vast and it was very positive to see landholders who only had small infestations wanting to treat it immediately,” Brydie explains, “It was nice to be able to assist those with large infestations as well because we understand how daunting it can be to start.”
The gorse management plans strategically planned out 3 years of control with the landholders needing to re-evaluate after that. The plans discussed the legal obligation of having gorse, the plants biology and ecological impacts, a map of the property’s gorse, the treatment plan, and any additional necessary contacts such as local councils, Landcare groups and contractors.
The VGT wants to thank all the participants involved for abiding by the safety guidelines and wishes them well on their gorse management journeys. For the most up to date information about the VGTs programs, please follow us on Facebook (@VictorianGorseTaskforce) and Instagram (@victorian_gorse_taskforce).