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Chilean Needle Grass Workshop in Maldon

Posted on 18 October, 2011 by Connecting Country

Chilean Needle Grass. Photo by Karen Stewart.

The Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee is hosting a workshop to help people identify and control the Chilean Needle Grass weed on Sunday 30 October from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

 Chilean Needle Grass is one of Australia’s worst weeds.  It invades native grasslands, agricultural land, roadsides and urban parks, gardens and recreational reserves. It can displace palatable pasture species and can reduce agricultural productivity by up to 50 per cent over summer. Its seed readily attaches to stock, particularly sheep, and can cause injury by burrowing into the skin. Its presence in wool reduces quality and can be a major cause of downgrading.


It is often difficult to identify Chilean Needle Grass and without knowing what to look for. Farmers, landholders and other community members may not know they have the weed on their property. To help with identification, a healthy flowering weed contained in a sealed perspex box will be displayed. Participants will be able to compare it with native plants.

The organisers are inviting people to come along to enjoy the great outdoors and good company while helping to control a major threat to our natural environment. Dress for the occasion in warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Bring water and sunscreen.

The workshop will be held at the corner of Back Mount Road and Watersons Road, Maldon and finish with a free sausage sizzle and cuppa.

For further information contact Ian Grenda from the Tarrengower Cactus Control Committee on 0412 015 807 or email

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