Powerlink tackles biosecurity in the North West Surat Basin

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A partnership has delivered 720 hours of volunteer work, 175 new trees in four communities, and a weed management App for the North West Surat Basin, Queensland.

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) chair Noel Strohfeld OAM said the partnership with Powerlink Queensland had tackled biosecurity and weed management near Fairview, Wallumbilla, Wandoan and Yuleba.

“We have worked alongside Powerlink to raise awareness of this important regional issue and enhance numerous community and environmental spaces across the Basin,” Mr Strohfeld said.

In addition to on-ground works such as tree planting, extending garden beds and installing irrigation, the program supported the development of interactive tools designed to better equip landholders and stakeholders with information about local weed issues.

“One of the most successful tools is a free smartphone App which allows the viewer to zoom in on detailed weed mapping for their local area, as well as a hard-copy Pocket Guide with helpful information on current and potential weed threats,” Mr Strohfeld said.

“Since launching these tools late last year, the App has been downloaded nearly 620 times, while 350 copies of the Pocket Guide have been distributed.

“These tools are a lasting legacy of QMDC’s partnership with Powerlink and will continue to support local communities with accurate and targeted information about identifying and controlling weeds.”

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York thanked the 105 school students and 80 community volunteers who took part in the action days.

“We are proud of the tangible and lasting outcomes we achieved which will make a positive difference for these communities,” Ms York said.