- He would charge $200 per property to come out with his dog and do some sniffing around and set traps if appropriate. Note here that if some of the properties are adjoining we could probably reduce the charge from 5 properties to the equivalent of maybe 3.
- He will then come and check these traps every 3 days at $40/hour.
- Each kill is another charge of $200.
- Other potential charges; if any of his traps are damaged by landowners driving over them, $150. If he is called out in the middle of the night extra charge of $150 (as opposed to after 6am).
- It is clear that the owner has removed the trees to open up an extensive valley view. In the process, they have completely decimated the natural environment and koala habitat.
- I note that there was no traffic management at all in place during the works. Large trees were being removed less than 2m (on a steep embankment) from passing cars with no signage or traffic personnel in place
- Allowing the owner and the contractor to get away with this act of blatant vandalism will set a dangerous precedent for anyone in the area wishing to make illegal changes to their property in the interest of increasing property values. We urge all relevant bodies to act wherever they can.
Following on from last years focus on 5 environmental weeds Goonengerry Landcare would like this quarter to focus your attention on two others;
1. Ragweed or Asthma Plant; Ambrosia Artemisiifolia L.
In particular we refer to the imminent seed set by ragweed, which is everywhere along our roadsides
Ragweed has been increasing exponentially along Byron roadsides for the last few years and of course invades adjoining land from there. It has many issues in the environment and in particular is allergenic to a large percentage of the population. Ragweed also releases chemicals into the soil that are toxic to grasses and plants we are trying to grow in addition to the dense shade it casts.
The attached fact sheet discusses it more fully. Where applicable it can be slashed/brush-cut out of existence plus the recommended herbicide options are available though unnecessary in many instance.
If we all did our external and internal roadsides this would make a big difference.
2. Kahili Ginger; Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahali Ginger starting to spread through the forest fringes with failure to control this species at an early stage of population development could result in significant damage to upland subtropical and temperate rain forests and other moist, cool forest habitats.
Further guidance on our local weeds can be found at; http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/weed-profiles
PS; weeds are easier to dig and pull in the wet☺
Attached informational Sheets