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Travellers can help to keep Cape York weed-free
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:00:42 PM »
Travellers can help to keep Cape York weed-free
News release

CAPE York adventurers can play an important role in keeping this iconic northern wilderness free of invasive weeds.

Biosecurity Queensland is calling on travellers to 'cleandown' in an effort to stop weed seed spread of established species and prevent new weeds from getting a foothold in the Cape.

Biosecurity officer Rob Cobon said vehicle hygiene was an important first step for travellers bound for the region.

"The Peninsula Development Road in particular is a potential pathway for the human-assisted spread of weeds to and from the Cape," Mr Cobon said.

"Owners and operators of commercial and personal vehicles, trailers, boats and equipment should regularly clean them inside and out.

"Cleandown facilities are available at Lakeland and other locations throughout the region, and should be used when travelling north and south. Weed seeds cling to clothing, so travellers should take the time to keep them clean too.

"As an extra precaution, we recommend that vehicles remain on formed roads to avoid the possible spread of weeds into the wilderness."

Mr Cobon said all visitors had a stake in keeping the Cape free from invasive weeds and weed-busting practices should be second nature to travellers.

"For example, Giant sensitive tree, otherwise known as Mimosa pigra, is present in the Northern Territory and represents a high risk of potential spread on boats, vehicles or trailers through the Gulf and into the Cape by anglers and off-road enthusiasts," he said.

"If giant sensitive tree was to take hold in the Cape, good barra fishing spots like the Normanby River could be decimated.

"Travellers to the Cape are welcome to break their journey and learn more about invasive weeds at Biosecurity Queensland's Coen Information and Inspection Centre.

"The centre has an informative display, detailed brochures and fact sheets and friendly staff to provide advice on biosecurity practices and what to keep an eye out for while enjoying the region's attractions."


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