Community Weed Mapping Project

Riddells Creek Landcare encourages the community to nominate weed sites they feel requires attention. The map is displayed at community events for the public to contribute to. Sites are then selected to focus weed control efforts.

Riddells Creek Landcare, Residents, Contractors, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Melbourne Water work together to tackle weeds in Riddells Creek: A Story of Collaboration

In 2005 Riddells Creek Landcare (RCL) initiated a 'weed map' and, at the Sustainable Gardening Expo in 2005, residents came along and put dots on a big A1-size map which told us where the main weed infestations are in Riddells Creek. These were transferred to an electronic-map (pictured right).
What has happened with this information?.....

Over time we have been working on this information and, in the past year we have used money received from Council and profits from our 'Macedon Range Flora' book to employ a contractor (Rick Weaver, WeedPro) to hit some of the remaining infestations. So far, Rick has worked on the following infestations:


Around the tree on the corner of Amess and Main Rd (follow-up to the work Riddells Creek Landcare members a few years ago)
Large infestation on Royal Parade (follow-up to Council spraying two years ago)
Corner of Gap Road dirt/bitumen (follow-up to removal work Lachlan Milne and Russell Best did a few years ago)

Bollitho Road, Royal Parade, Sandy Creek Road and Melvins Road
The Watsonia are major infestations and may take two years to see full results of the spraying with, hopefully, no flowers next year, then plants die the following year - keep your eye on them if you walk/drive past them regularly). There are more infestations of Watsonia (eg. on Whittakers Lane) but these are on a catchment and need a different approach.

More work is 'on the list' so watch this space (including infestations of Agapanthus, Gorse, and two newly emerging garden escapees that are proving to be serious weeds, Gazania and Sollya, Bluebell Creeper).

Another site tackled
from this map, containing infestions of Broom, Blackberry, Gorse and Fennel, was on the corner of Bolitho and Mahoney Road.

In addition, many other infestations on the 'weed map' have been attacked using funding from Melbourne Water's Stream Frontage Program, whereby a dozen or so members and their neighbours have received about $1000 each and pooled these resources to maximise the benefits to each individual, and to maximise the benefit to our creeks. Many of those people have recently received a second round of funding so that further and follow-up work can proceed again this year.

It is heartening to hear reports that many more people have since joined the Stream Frontage Program and many individuals in Riddells Creek and Clarkefield are paying contractors to tackle their weeds. Well done all those people. Of course other groups in Riddells Creek are making significant in-roads too (Greening of Riddell at Wybejong and Clarkefield Landcare on and around Jacksons Creek)

Riddells Creek Landcare has also received two bits of funding a) to develop a management plan and b) to clear some pines near the rail reserve which are impacting on populations of endangered plants that occur here in Riddells Creek. Riddells Creel Landcare members have been tackling some weeds on these sites too, notably the more significant weeds, namely South African Orchid (Disa bracteata), St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba) and Gazania.

And there's more ... using funding from Riddells Creek Landcare, Greening of Riddell and the Macedonr Ranges Shire Council we have employed a contractor over two consecutive years (again Rick Weaver, WeedPro) to tackle a significant new weed called Carpet Weed (also known as Blanket Weed; Galenia pubescens) which was first found in Riddells Creek two years ago. A website was set up to allow residents to map its occurrence and, using this map, the contractor killed all known plants in 2009/10. More have been found since and this year's money will be spent on attacking those plants.
See what was killed and new plants found.

Finally, Riddells Creek Landcare will soon be releasing a website call NatureShare where residents can upload photos and/or locations of any weed they see, even if they don't know what it is. It is also a reference site where you can go to look up weeds found in Riddells Creek and identify your weed. Already, 68 species are listed on the site with photos of each (all photos taken at Riddells Creek).

This has all been possible because of the strength of the Riddells Creek Landcare group. The more members that groups like Riddells Creek Landcare have, the more funding they are likely to get for these projects. Support your local Landcare group and, just by joining, you will help to improve where you live.