Red guide post weed campaign to be launched at field days

September 19, 2014

IMAG2949 PBs PhoneA project using red guide posts to identify high risk noxious weeds along roadsides will be launched at the Henty Machinery Field Days on Thursday.

The red posts alert road users of the area they need to avoid to prevent further spread of noxious weeds along high risk pathways.

Eastern and Western Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Groups (E&WRNWAG) teamed up with the Lachlan and Macquarie Valley Weeds Advisory Committees (L&MVWAC) to apply for the NSW Government funding under the NSW Weeds Action Program (WAP) New Innovative project for weeds 2013-2015.

Their project Pilot – Red Guide Post Project – Riverina, Lachlan & Macquarie RWACs was successful, receiving $107,440 to be spent over the two years.

Riverina Noxious Weeds project officer Paula Bosse said more then 2,000 red guide posts were distributed to 33 partnering councils across the Riverina and Western NSW.

They will be installed next to existing white guide posts at the “START” and “END” of high risk noxious weed infestations.

“Red guide posts have so far been installed to identify Parthenium weed, Chilean needle grass, Serrated tussock and Coolatai grass sites,’’ Mrs Bosse said.

“As a new weed infestation is detected, the red guide posts are installed to prevent the weeds spread while the site is being managed.’’

A major component of the pilot project is an extensive awareness campaign that will be launched at the field days.

An animated TV commercial has been produced and will be airing on the WIN network in Southern NSW for four weeks starting September 7.

Murray Local Land Services has also partnered with this project to expand the market reach of the commercial throughout the region, and trialling a new advertising medium displayed on Service Station Fuel Nozzles. This advertising will remind road users to avoid the red guide posted areas.

Further information on the Red Guide Post initiative can be found at www.riverinaweeds.org.au or contact your local council weed officer.