Toxic weed alert - we need your help

A parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) incursion has been identified in the Katherine region.

Information about where the parthenium weed could have spread to indicates there is a risk to pastoral properties in the Katherine and Barkly regions.

The Territory Government’s Weed Management Branch needs your help. Officers will be in contact with individual properties which may be at risk of parthenium weed exposure to conduct a survey. This will help lessees and managers to understand the areas at greatest risk.

It is important that land managers contact the Weed Management Branch on 8973 8857 if they think they might have parthenium weed.

Did you know?

Parthenium weed easily spreads by water, vehicles and machinery, livestock, feral animals, humans and hay and readily establishes in disturbed areas. It’s also toxic to livestock and can cause health problems for humans.

Where to look for parthenium weed:

  • homestead complex
  • cattle yards
  • fence lines
  • watering points
  • areas where hay is cultivated, stored and fed
  • vehicle and machinery storage and wash down areas
  • any other disturbed sites.

Remember to protect your property with good biosecurity practices. Parthenium weed has tiny seeds that can hide easily in vehicles, machinery, equipment, socks and boots!

Last updated: 30 April 2020

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