Bundjalung’s bitou blitz is back

IN A bid to bring one of Australia's worst coastal weeds under control, bitou bush infestations in Bundjalung National Park will be targeted from today until August 8.

National Parks and Wildlife Service pest management officer Lisa Wellman said the aerial control would complement ongoing ground-based efforts.

Bitou bush is a noxious weed that threatens many native plants and plant communities. It is listed as a key threatening process in NSW. Control of bitou bush will improve the biodiversity of the park.

"Bundjalung National Park is a priority site listed under the NSW Bitou Bush Threat Abatement Plan," Ms Wellman said.

"Affected areas will be temporarily closed while work is in progress."

Closures include:

 Shark Bay south to Iluka Main Beach 4WD access

 Woody Head, north and south beach accesses

 Back Beach rest area beach access

 Frazers Reef rest area beach access

 Iluka Main Beach and Iluka Main Beach access

 Iluka Bluff

 Iluka Bluff and the Iluka Nature Reserve Walking Tracks

 However, Black Rocks and Woody Head camping areas will remain open.

"This is the 11th year that bitou bush has been controlled using aerial application in Bundjalung National Park."

"The abundance of bitou bush has been significantly reduced and spinifex and wattle are now growing in areas that were infested.

"The areas to be treated will be signposted, patrolled. Traffic management will be in place. Please observe the changes and direction by NPWS staff."

For more information phone Clarence North area manager on 6641 1500.



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