The sight of a vehicle on Susan Island raised the curiosity of many onlookers this week.
The sight of a vehicle on Susan Island raised the curiosity of many onlookers this week.

A wheelie big help in killing Susan?s weeds



The obvious first question was 'how did this four-wheel-drive vehicle get onto Susan Island?'.

The second was 'what was it doing there?'.

According to Clarence Valley Council chief weeds officer Reece Luxton, the vehicle was delivered to the island by the Boral barge, which has vehicle loading and unloading capabilities, and was there to control noxious weeds.

They included green cestrum ? often referred to as deadly night shade ? red flower lantana and groundsel bush.

Control measures have also been introduced for weeds not declared noxious, like castor oil, which is being controlled through the release of caterpillars.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has also introduced a program to combat moon vine.

Having a vehicle on the island was new to the weeds officer.

"It was a first for us," he said.

But Mr Luxton believed it was not the first vehicle to have been on the island.

He said army ducks had been there on exercises and cherry pickers had been there for Country Energy line maintenance.



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