If you haven’t ridden over a caltrop area, you are lucky. Do a search on the BTA website, there are several articles on this plant which will basically puncture your tyre if you encounter it. My father, brother and I encountered a crop on the Kep Trail, and managed to puncture 4 of the 6 mountain bike tyres.
At the last council meeting for the City of Joondalup, there was agreement for the development of Pest Plant Local Law for the purposed of declaring Captrop a Pest Plant.
Below is copied from the minutes of that meeting:
At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 11 October 2011 a report was presented outlining a number of options open to the City to seek to control Caltrop on private land. Council resolved, at this meeting, inter alia, “for the Chief Executive Officer to present a report to Council on the creation of a City of Joondalup Pest Plant Local Law for the purposes of declaring Caltrop a Pest Plant.”
This report provides information on activities the City has undertaken in relation to the management and control of Caltrop as well as the advantages and disadvantages associated with the creation of a City of Joondalup Pest Plant Local Law for the purposes of declaring Caltrop a Pest Plant.
At this meeting it was resolved that Council:
1 NOTES that the City currently undertakes the control of known infestations of Caltrop on land managed by the City;
2 REQUESTS that the City records and monitors reported infestations of Caltrop on private land;
3 REQUESTS that the City undertakes to raise the awareness of Caltrop through the City’s corporate marketing material and customer service outlets;
4 REQUESTS that the City seeks to raise broader awareness of Caltrop through WALGA;
5 REQUESTS that the Chief Executive Officer presents a report to Council on the creation of a City of Joondalup Pest Plant Local Law for the purposes of declaring Caltrop a Pest Plant; and
6 REQUESTS the City to invite the Cities of Stirling and Wanneroo to address the issue of Caltrop within their boundaries in support of the City of Joondalup’s proposed Pest Plant Local Law.
Thank you to Councilor Mike Norman who I know personally has been working hard to get this through, and to the majority of Joondalup Councillors who voted it through. Also thanks to
Mr C Muller, Edgewater
Re: CJ119-06/12, The Prevalence and Control of Caltrop in the City of Joondalup.
Spoke in favour of Item CJ119-06/12, The Prevalence and Control of Caltrop in the City of Joondalup.
who is recorded in the minutes as attending the meeting and spoke in favour on this item.
This runs inconjunction with City of Stirling who are in the process of undertook a trial on preventing the spread of this weed.
Contact your local council, point them in the direction of the minutes, and ask them what they are doing to prevent caltrop growing in your area.