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Smart gardeners can use the new smart app to whack a weed in SA

Monday 20 November 2017

Gardeners and farmers can whack a weed with certainty thanks to a new app with the most up-to-date information on identifying and controlling declared weeds.


The South Australian Weed Control app – available for Android and Apple mobile devices – describes all 139 weeds declared under the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Act and follows a five-year review of the state’s weed policies by PIRSA Biosecurity SA in association with eight NRM Boards.

The app includes:

  • colour photographs and descriptions to aid identification of weeds;
  • chemical and non-chemical control methods;
  • links to state policies and further details on each declared plant, including provisions of the Act applying in the user’s NRM region;
  • information on the safe use of herbicides

It also allows users to

  • record the GPS location of weeds;
  • keep notes and a log of control activities;
  • phone or email regional NRM officers to report weeds;
  • take photos to include in weed notifications and requests for advice.

To download the South Australian Weed Control app visit https://pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds_and_pest_animals/weeds_in_sa/weed_control_app

Background

The app is designed for landholders, members of the public interested in weed control and garden industry and NRM professionals.

While much of the content is also available in the hard copy version, Weed Control Handbook for Declared Plants in South Australia, the app adds extra functionality and ease of use for those who prefer digital communications.

Plants may be declared for control under the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Act 2004 if they pose a significant threat to primary industries, natural environments or public safety.

Declaring a plant under the NRM Act provides legislative support for regional strategic weed management plans, including enforced control and the prohibition of sale or transport.

Low risk alternatives to declared plants previously popular in the garden industry can be found in the Grow Me Instead booklet published by the Nursery and Garden Industry of South Australia in partnership with PIRSA Biosecurity SA.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Weeds cost Australian agriculture more than $4 billion each year, in addition to negative impacts on the environment.

This new app will allow land managers and gardeners across the state to recognise declared weeds easily and decide the best course of action on the spot.

It makes it easy even for a home gardener to identify and control declared weeds, and provides useful tools for those with larger areas of land to track and control weed growth.

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