City of Stirling moves on Caltrop

We recently reported that the City of Joondalup was in the process of passing local laws relating to Caltrop.  City of Stirling is doing the same.   That makes two major councils in the north, any news elsewhere?

From In My Community:

THE responsibility for the eradication of the pest plant caltrop could fall to property owners if a proposed local law is passed.

The City of Stirling has made a move to leave it up to private property owners to get rid of the weed on their own land.

The proposed Pest Plant Local Law 2012 was passed at a recent council meeting and the City will now advertise for public comment and give notice to the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Agriculture of its intentions.

The law would enable the City to serve notice to the owner of infested land to destroy or control the caltrop.

City manager of engineering operations Ron Spragg said the move for the law came after City-wide outbreaks recorded since February this year. Problem areas included Stirling, Balga and Gwelup.

“The weed is spread widely across the City, including vacant private property,” Mr Spragg said.

“Caltrop is an invasive nuisance weed, an annual weed that grows rapidly and germinates after rainfall in late spring and summer.

Each plant can produce many thorny seeds up to 1cm long. The spiny seed capsules it produces stick to the feet/fur of animals, rubber-soled shoes and can puncture bicycle/vehicle tyres.

“It is a risk to pedestrians and cyclists.”

He said the law will be advertised this month with public comment closing on October 12.


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