Chinwag June 2015 - E-newsletter for weed professionals
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Parthenium weed FOUND

A single Parthenium weed plant has been detected in Bland Shire by a vigilant local farmer.  The farmer reported it immediately to Council upon discovery. The flowering (seeding) plant has been removed and the site burnt. 

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Kochia scoparia - State prohibited weed

Great Catch by Riverina Weeds Officers!

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Water Lettuce seized in Wagga Wagga

Last week Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) Weeds Officers, Matthew McGrath and Chris Holman were notified by a concerned member of the public that Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) was advertised for sale on two local Facebook pages.

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Hawkweed Detector Dogs

Eradication is the most cost-effective and efficient way to manage new weed incursions. But often finding the ‘very last weed’ is difficult, especially for ‘hard-to-find’ weeds like orange hawkweed. Detector dogs can increase the ability to find even the smallest fragment of a target plant, making them a potentially powerful tool to help eradicate weeds. 

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Red Guide Post Update

We have just signed off on our 4th RGP Fuel Nozzle advertising Campaign to be installed at 15 service stations across the Riverina – commencing 27th June 2015.  For further information on RGP click here…..

Nominations for NSW Buerckner & Stephenson Awards

The Weed Society of NSW are calling for nominations for the NSW Buerckner & Stephenson Local Government Weed Professional Awards and the NSW Weed Industry Award. The Awards will be presented at the 18th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference, which will be held in Cooma from 12 to 15th October 2015.

Nomination forms for each Award are available from The Weeds Society of NSW Inc. website at,

Hurry, entries close on the 30 June 2015.

Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Aquatic Weeds Toolkit now live

The new Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Aquatic Weeds Toolkit is now live and available at
This toolkit was developed especially for use by all who manage weeds, water or land within the MDB. It’s a dynamic platform open to all and everyone is encouraged to add or update information regularly. 

Managing pests and diseases of national significance in a new way

The National Biosecurity Committee released a discussion paper, Modernising Australia’s approach to managing established pests and diseases of national significance, which outlines a new approach to managing those weeds, pest animals, plant and animal pest or diseases that become established in Australia and have a significant impact at the national level. For further information and to download the discussion paper go to: Public consultation closes 31st July 2015

Upcoming Short courses

Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre - July, August & September
The following courses (and more) will be held either in Yanco or Wagga over the coming months (Quad bike handling; Weed movement - Machinery inspection and cleaning; Chainsaw; SMARTtrain; Safe tractor operation and maintenance; Off-road four wheel drive (4x4) training).  For further information and to register go to:  

SMARTtrain changes

Has been required to make important changes as follows:
  1. If you have a Chemical card that does not specifically list the level 3 units of competency and you did this course through SMARTtrain you need to re-accredit at level 3 (available online).
  2. If you have a card with the level 4 units that is going to expire and you supervise staff you probably should do the level 4 course - soon to be available online (pilot commencing soon).
  3. If you have a level 5 card that does not list the level 3 & 4 competencies -> action 1 & 2 above. For further details contact the MRSC

BIS & Metadata Policy

Latest version of the ‘weeds metadata standard’ is available on the DPI extranet

along with a Youtube clip

Display Trailer Bookings

Available for booking by RWAC member organisations.

Bookings only will be taken by the RNWPO office.  All other decisions, correspondence or negotiation is to be between the two parties . 

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Murray & Riverina WAP
PO Box 382
Jindera, NSW 2642

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