Toxic burr found at Marble Bar
A toxic weed responsible for the shutdown and quarantine of the De Grey rest area has been discovered at a favourite Marble Bar camping spot.
The small number of Noogoora burr reported at Carawine Gorge on the Oakover River have since been removed but further local surveillance by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be taking place.
Noogoora burr is one of the most serious and widespread weeds in the world, according to the department and they are alerting Pilbara travellers to be aware of the weed.
DPIRD biosecurity officer Lara Martin said help from the community was vital for preventing the spread of the Central American pest, which is established in the Kimberley and spreading south because of tourists.
“It spreads by seed located in the burrs, which become attached to pets, livestock, clothing and footwear,” Ms Martin said. “We encourage travellers, especially those leaving the Kimberley, to check their clothing, vehicles, equipment and animals for weed burrs and carefully dispose of them to prevent Noogoora burr spreading further south.”
The burr is poisonous to cattle, ruins sheep wool with its seeds, and can grow so thickly around water animals can’t push past and drink.
Detection of Noogoora burroutside the Kimberley region should be reported to the Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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