COVID-19 altered everything this year and the Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) programs and engagement were no exception. Tasked with engaging residents about effective gorse control, the VGT created two online presentations and five short gorse management videos to keep landholders informed even during these uncertain times.
The ‘Virtual Demonstration Field Day” (VDFD) was created to replace four cancelled gorse control field days scheduled to run across Victoria, aimed to educate residents new to gorse control as well as correct common misconceptions to those more experienced.
The VDFD tool introduces you to the VGT, explains the 5 main components every gorse management plan should include, highlights commonly used control methods and details a contact list of stakeholders that may be available to assist and support if your considering tackling gorse on your property.
An “Introduction to Gorse” was presented by the VGT Extension Officer, Brydie Murrihy, via a live Zoom meeting. Brydie discussed gorse information such as the legal implications, gorse biology, ecological impacts and tips for identifying gorse against other native lookalike species.
The live Zoom meeting attracted a diverse range of stakeholders, all looking to educate themselves on the fundamentals of gorse. The presentation finished with a Q&A, which provided the VGT greater understanding of what the participants were interested in learning about and gave participants the opportunity to share their success stories.
The five short gorse management videos cover four of the main methods of controlling gorse and how gorse control is more effective when undertaken in collaboration with your neighbours.
The optimum time to treat gorse is now before it seeds, therefore the VGT are encouraging those with gorse to visit the VGT website and check out the presentations and videos for help.
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