Services

The PHBG have a range of programs, activities and resources available to help the community control declared pests.

Workshops

Weed Identification and advice workshops

The PHBG can organise and deliver information workshops to interested groups, landholders, businesses or local government officers.


Next workshop : Harvey, early 2021.

Feral animal control workshops

The PHBG have delivered multiple feral control workshops focussing on management options associated with the removal feral rabbits and pigs as well as foxes.

Help with Control

Physical

The PHBG has a number of tree poppers available to assist in the physical removal of large mature woody weeds.

Tree poppers ergonomically assist in levering out mature woody weeds from the soil.

Chemical

The PHBG has backpack spray equipment that can be used to apply a chemical herbicide for the control of declared weeds.

The group has also invested in a weed wiper to help landholders control Cape tulip.

Landholders within our operational area can fill in our EOI form to loan our equipment free of charge.

Biocontrol

The PHBG are developing avenues where biocontrol agents can be spread within our operational area to assist in the control of Paterson's curse.

The PHBG now have equipment to check if there are active biocontrol agents at sites with Paterson's curse.


Email weeds@PHBG.org for more information

If you are unable to manage weeds or animal pests on your property, think about employing a local and qualified pest controller.

Physical

The PHBG have a range of traps that can be hired to assist in the control of feral animals.




Chemical

The PHBG can provide information on the range of chemical options available for the control of feral animals.

This includes subsidising the cost of 1080 permits and training.

Biocontrol

The PHBG run an annual rabbit control program that includes the release of the RHDV1 K5 strain of the calicivirus.






Cape tulip can be frustrating to control. A landholder could feel like their control efforts were perfectly timed and executed and yet the next season up pops an array of orange-tinted flowers.

Cape tulip spreads easily, produces corms and seeds and on top of that up to 60% of the corms within the soil can be dormant at any one time.

This means that control efforts have to be sustained across multiple years for a long term reduction in plant numbers.

To make Cape tulip control easier for landholders within our operational area the PHBG have invested in weed wipers that apply chemical directly to the weed.

The weed wiper, and other PHBG equipment, has been purchased through funding from the declared pest rate.

A weed wiper has multiple benefits:

  • Less herbicide, saving landholders money and reducing chemicals in the environment.

  • Control can occur amongst the pasture or crop with limited impact.

  • Increased potency of herbicides used, leading to higher success rates.

Due to the short control season and popularity of the equipment landholders are restricted to a seven day loan period and must book early through the weed wiper program.

Email weedwiper@PHBG.org for more information.