Lee Andresen (left) and Neil Denison with a big job ahead them as Ballina Coastcare attempts to control the noxious weed ground asparagus.
Lee Andresen (left) and Neil Denison with a big job ahead them as Ballina Coastcare attempts to control the noxious weed ground asparagus. JAY CRONAN

Coastcare cooks up a new deal

A BALLINA environmental group will now be able to ramp up its battle against ground asparagus – one of Australia’s worst weeds – thanks to new government funding announced last week.

Almost $7000 was given to Ballina Coastcare through the Federal Government’s Caring For Our Country program.

Ground asparagus is considered a severe threat to coastal bushland.

In the Ballina Shire the need to control it is even more urgent, because it is found in the littoral rainforest at Angels Beach, an area which has endangered ecological communities.

Ground asparagus quickly becomes the dominant groundcover, displacing native plants.

Angels Beach Dunecare and Reafforestation Group will use the grant to extend its ground asparagus control project.

Ballina Coastcare president, Neil Denison, said the group had worked hard to limit the effects of the weed.

“People used to keep it as a hanging plant, but it has escaped from gardens. It has also spread because of people dumping their rubbish in the bushland,” he said.

“The additional funds will help us extend earlier work into sensitive and valuable forest areas where there are endangered ecological communities and numerous threatened flora species.”

For more information about Ballina Coastcare or to volunteer, phone 6681 3557 or email ballinacoastcare@gmail.com



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