Grant Funds for Cactus Chemical

If you’re a landholder or local government in the  Desert Channels Queensland, Southern Gulf NRM and South West NRM regions, you can apply for a grant to buy chemicals to treat cactus infestations on your land.  For more information on grant applications, call us on 4658 0600.

Jumping Cholla and other nightmares…

Coral Cactus, Snake Cactus, Rope Cactus, Hudson Pear, Tiger Pear, Prickly Pear and Jumping Cholla!  These are just a few of countless cactus species species that have begun their invasion of Australia’s semi-arid grazing lands.

Bexley Snake Cactus 10Snake cactus on an escarpment near Longreach.

 

 


Without any natural controls, invasive cacti are finding Australia’s rangelands prime for the taking, which is why Desert Channels Queensland has teamed up with Southern Gulf NRM based in Mt Isa and South West NRM out of Charleville, to help landholders nip this problem in the bud.

This collaboration of community-based not-for-profits across more than half of Queensland has sourced funding from the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund for grants for chemical to get rid of a host of cactus species thriving in an Australian environment free of natural enemies.

Vol Norris, our Project Manager, said the target area is from the New South Wales border to the Gulf.

“At the moment, areas of infestation are relatively small, but the effort to eradicate is high,” he said.

“One of the most intractable groups of weeds in Outback Queensland, they’re a major threat to production and biodiversity values, displacing grass and other native vegetation, hindering stock movements and impaling birds, bats, reptiles and mammals.”

The collaboration of Desert Channels Queensland, Southern Gulf NRM and South West NRM recognises the diminishing number of  people in the landscape to manage pests such as cactus.  Not only are there fewer hands to do the work, control costs can be extremely high compared to land value.

Cactus is a garden escapee or reject, with infestations generally originating from around old homesteads, semi-permanent campsites, rubbish dumps and town commons.

For more information on grant applications, call us on 4658 0600.  General cactus information can be found on the Australian Invasive Cacti Network website at aicn.org.au.