African Lovegrass outbreaks along the Victor Harbor - Willunga roadside

STAKEHOLDERS: Ian Hockley, Jock Harvey, Tim Parkinson, Lisa Kirwan, Sandy Cummings, Lachlan Stone, Josh Stone, Mark Seidel and Ian East looking at attacking the problem.
STAKEHOLDERS: Ian Hockley, Jock Harvey, Tim Parkinson, Lisa Kirwan, Sandy Cummings, Lachlan Stone, Josh Stone, Mark Seidel and Ian East looking at attacking the problem.

A new project along local roadsides aims to prevent a highly invasive weed from becoming further established in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region.

African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) has been spreading along the road between Victor Harbor and Willunga and is penetrating into adjacent properties.

Despite its romantic name, this Declared Weed if allowed to spread further could threaten valuable pastures and native vegetation on the Fleurieu.

African Lovegrass is a highly invasive weed that forms dense tussocks and becomes highly unpalatable to stock when mature.

It competes with desirable and more edible plants, and prevents seedlings from germinating and growing.

An intensive containment project managed by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges will see control of the grass being carried out over the next few weeks to halt it in its tracks before it can move further through the area via roadsides.

The weed control will benefit Mount Compass landholders such as Ian East and Mark Seidel, who have observed African Lovegrass invading their properties from the roadside.

African Lovegrass will be controlled along almost 25km of roadside between Willunga and Victor Harbor.

Neighbouring properties which have been invaded by the weed will benefit from the control program, along with several nationally important plant communities along the roadsides.

The work is being funded by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and supported by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, the City of Victor Harbor, Alexandrina Council and the City of Onkaparinga, in collaboration with local landholders.

All three councils also have programs to control this and other weeds on feeder roads and beyond that into their districts.

Additionally both NRM regions have local programs to control African Lovegrass.

Aboriginal contractors Stone Contracting will undertake the work.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp said the City of Victor Harbor welcomes the additional measures to control the weed, African Lovegrass.

“This has been identified as a top priority within council’s agri-business weed control program by our local farmers,” Mr Philp said.

District officer with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Tim Parkinson said the weed was starting to pop up and threaten the region.

“Through this project everyone is hoping to try and contain it,” Mr Parkinson said.

For information on how to control African Lovegrass on your property, please contact Tim Parkinson 0432048801 (Natural Resources AMLR) or Sandy Cummings 0418 824 984 (Natural Resources SA MDB).