Landholders whose property is
known to contain the noxious weed Tropical Soda Apple are being reminded that
they cannot bale grass for sale or movement off their land – and can face stiff
penalties if they fail to comply.
Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum Viarum
or TSA) is an aggressive, prickly perennial shrub that readily invades riparian and
pasture areas. It spreads quickly and degrades land for agricultural,
environmental and amenity use.
TSA was first noticed in the
Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA) in 2010 and was declared a Notifiable
Weed by the State Government the following year. It has since been subject to
a vigorous control campaign, involving affected landholders, local councils,
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the NSW North Coast Local
Land Services (LLS).
However, it is important to note
that fodder or hay from pastures that are known to contain Tropical Soda Apple
cannot be baled for movement or sale off-farm. This restriction
applies to all Notifable Weeds in order to help prevent their spread.
But use of such fodder or hay on
the same land parcel from which it was harvested is allowed.
Landholders are being reminded
that fines of up to $10,000 can be imposed on anyone found to be knowingly harvesting
and moving grass from TSA-affected land.
For further information on
eradicating TSA, or to report sightings, please contact Coffs Harbour City Council
on 02 6648 4880 (or the relevant local council), or NSW DPI on 02 6650 3111, or
North Coast Local Land Services on 02 6659 9400.