The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) has recently produced two resources to assist people in the identification of gorse and on best practice management. An updated ‘Gorse Best Practice Guide’ and the creation of a ‘Gorse Glovebox Identification Guide’ join the resources available for the community. These resources will be available at up-coming field days and the upcoming ‘Gorse control demonstration days ’to be held by the VGT around Victoria.

The Gorse Best Practice Guide details information on plant biology, noxious weed classification, landholder responsibilities, impacts and control methods of gorse. With detailed descriptions of plant biology of gorse with photo references and a map of Victoria indicating the noxious weed classification for each catchment. These have been detailed from the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act). Most importantly, the guide explains the main components of a successful gorse control program and the various best practice control methods. The Gorse Best Practice Guide is a perfect tool for concerned Victorians who have the gorse on their properties or in their community.

The second resource is a Gorse Glovebox Identification Guide that compares gorse with common Victorian native plants with similar characteristics. For simplicity, clear pictures of gorse is compared to 4 native plants including the flower, seed pod, leaves/thorns and seedling stages. The native plants include the Hedge Wattle, Prickly Moses, Sweet Bursaria and the Tree Violet. This guide is a quick and simple way for the community to identify gorse in the field.

Community lead action first starts with education of the problem. The VGT is confident that these resources will improve general knowledge of gorse and confidence in the community of appropriate control methods of the noxious weed.

Both resources have been offered and distributed to all local Councils in Victoria for knowledge and distribution. They are also available electronically on the VGT website: https://www.vicgorsetaskforce.com.au

For further enquiries or to receive hard copies of these resources please contact Brydie Murrihy, Communications, Community Engagement and Extension Officer, Victorian Gorse Taskforce on info@vicgorsetaskforce.com.au