Fireweed was recently announced as one of 12 new Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) due to its economic, environmental and social impacts, as well as its potential to spread. It is a significant pasture weed in eastern Australia.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and the WoNS National Coordinator for fireweed, Bronwen Wicks, are asking the community to have their say on the draft National Strategy for fireweed.
The draft Strategy is now available for public comment until September 14th 2012. A summary of key themes in the Strategy can also be found on this web page.
The draft Strategy aspires to deliver on three key outcomes:
1. New fireweed infestations are prevented from establishing
2. Existing fireweed infestations are under strategic management
3. Increase capacity and willingness to manage fireweed
The draft Strategy seeks to address key challenges in managing fireweed with a coordinated series of actions grouped broadly under the following themes:
• Support the prevention of further spread of fireweed with enhanced identification and awareness raising materials and programs in priority areas
• Investigate ways to actively engage governments, organisations and land managers in best practice management of fireweed
• Promote agronomic and integrated weed management approaches to managing fireweed and build resilient pastures/ground cover
• Develop accessible and appropriately targeted best practice information materials, including specific fact sheets, at both property and landscape scale
• Support the continuation of biological control research for fireweed.
• Acknowledge that fireweed concerns can be symptomatic of much broader and challenging land management, economic and social issues that will require all stakeholders to work together and a long-term commitment