From garden treasures to garden escapees – Environmental weeds of the Currie area (and beyond) include Asparagus fern, Cape ivy, Cotoneaster, Bridal creeper, Polygala or Fringe-myrtle, Blue periwinkle, Dolichos pea, NZ Pittosporum or Karo, English ivy, African boxthorn, Three cornered garlic or “onion weed”, Coprosma or evergreen, Macrocarpa pin seedling, Gazania. For photographs of these weed species download: TARGET WEEDS FOR KING ISLAND

View the Weed Image Gallery & Weed Calendar 2013 -14

Time to tackle Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern FIELD DAY.  See our Asparagus fern control trials. Learn, teach, do.  Friday 6th October, 10 am, at Carmen and James’ Frogshack Nursery, 1049 Grassy Rd. Look for the sign on the roadside. RSVP for catering: Eve 0447805286
Check our current maps and please contact Eve if you know of other incursions.

The problem– Asparagus scandens, aka Asparagus fern, has completely covered large areas of our waterways, particularly Fraser River, and along Grassy Rd. It is also rampant around Grassy and Grassy River, and is increasing in density in many of our precious forest areas. It has the ability to completely smother all the medium and ground level native plants in areas it invades. Asparagus fern will invade and destroy all of our native vegetation if we allow it to continue spreading.

The Birds of King Island group and visiting ecologists have grave concerns about the impact Asparagus fern is having, and will have in the future as it spreads further, on the habitat (home) of our native animals, particularly our critically endangered birds, the King Island Scrubtit and King Island Brown Thornbill, both little birds that are unique to King Island. We also have landholders who are very concerned about the impact of Asparagus fern on the essential natural areas of their properties.

King Island Landcare project – King Island Landcare is embarking on a long-term effort to control this weed once and for all. It will take many years and will rely on a whole of community effort, but the cost of doing nothing will be far greater than the cost and time to strategically control it.

We have a 1 year project running until June 2024, involving some hand removal and chemical trials, and a Management Plan to inform future activity and leverage funding.

Mapping -The most important part of the Management Plan is to update the mapping we have. Do you know of Asparagus fern outside of the areas shown on the map? Close up maps are available on King Island Landcare Facebook page, and hard copies will also be available at both Elders and the Post Office, which you can draw on if you know of Asparagus fern that we haven’t mapped yet (Please put your name next to your markings so we can follow up with you). Alternatively, we can send out hard copies of maps, or email to you upon request, or you can come into the office and show us in person, or come along to the Field Day and do it there!

Management Plan

We will then prioritise areas for control, and develop an action plan in conjunction with King Islander’s ínput.

The Plan will also contain plenty of information about how to control and what’s been achieved elsewhere, as well as references to further information, and flagging of who is responsible for the activities.

Please let us know any thoughts and input you have on management of Asparagus fern on King Island.

Contact Eve Woolmore, Landcare crew coordinator (relief). 0447805286. Email eve41013@gmail.com . Or drop into the office at KIRDO, George St, Currie

Supported through funding from the Tasmanian Weeds Action Fund, a $5 million Tasmanian Government initiative funded until 2024. The funds provided by the Tasmanian Government will be invested with landholders, land managers, and other organisations to tackle weeds that are impacting valuable agricultural and environmental assets.

Inkweed Eradication – Phytolacca octandra L.

We need your help! If you have seen this weed and know of its location, please contact us ASAP. Phone 6462 1825 or email: kingisland@landcaretas.org.au

This weed can rapidly become an environmental and agricultural problem so we need to act NOW! Inkweed has been found on King Island around Fraser Road, North Pegarah and Pegarah Forest. This is a NEW INCURSION on King Island, the only known location in Tasmania. The King Island Natural Resource Management Group has funding to start an Inkweed control program to eradicate this weed from King Island. More information about this weed:

  • Inkweed is a short lived perennial, woody-based, hairless herb to 2 m high and sometimes tinged with red.
  • Native to tropical America, Inkweed is now a weed of roadsides, creek lines, poorly-managed pastures and waste land where it is readily spread by birds.
  • It flowers mainly in spring and summer.
  • It contains a number of toxic compounds.
  • Has a flush of germination in spring and summer.
  • Flowers mainly November to May in SE Australia.
  • Reproduction: mainly by seed. It will re shoot from the base.
  • Short lived perennial surviving 2-3 years.
  • Toxicity: It contains a number of toxic compounds. In WA numerous cases of poisoning of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and dogs have been reported. It is suspected of poisoning cattle, fowls and pigs in eastern Australia but the evidence is circumstantial. Overseas a few fatal cases of children eating the berries have been recorded. There is some confusion over the general toxicity.
  • For further information see this brochure

Eradication of Serrated Tussock

Serrated tussock is a serious weed of pastures and native grasslands. It is a perennial grass native to South America.
Serrated tussock is a declared weed under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999, and a Weed of National Significance (WONS). For more information see NRE website. For many years KINRM mapped and controlled an infestation of serrated tussock near Colliers Swamp, with good success. Unfortunately, a new incursion has been discovered so a renewed effort by KILG will go into this area, whilst surveillance of the original area continues. PLEASE keep an eye out for this weed when in the area between Colliers Swamp and Gentle Annie.

List of Tasmanian Declared weeds and environmental weeds on King Island

Click here to download the list

Controlling Pampas on King Island

A second KI Council project, funded by Cradle Coast NRM with assistance provided by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program, and managed by KINRMG, began building community awareness of this potentially damaging weed. Control methods will be demonstrated at heavily infested sites. Some control of outliers has been completed . For further information please call 64621825. Download more information on Pampas Grass on King Island.

Cradle Coast NRM WoNS project 2011-2013

Allowed us to continue follow up control of Weeds of National Significance. On King Island these are Bridal creeper and Boneseed in Currie bush areas; Serrated Tussock in the Red Hut area, and Blackberry nearby Lavinia State reserve.

We also target a number of other WoNS: African boxthorn, Asparagus fern, Canary and English broom
Other targets: Ragwort, Pampas grass, Onion weed (mainly in the north-west of King Island) and Spanish heath (Grassy)

King Island Council’s Wharf Rd Bush Restoration Project 2012-2013

This was a small sister project to the Currie Wharf bush restoration project, where Council got involved in continuing the restoration work across the road on their land. A bush walk identifying natives and weeds and visiting an almost weed-free part of the site was an inspiration to those who attended. We also began clearing out weeds and forming a track into what we now call ‘White Gum Gully’ and plan to make this a place people can sit and enjoy in future.

King Island Council contributed excavation of a section of large boxthorn and coprosma, which we then prepared and planted in community field days. See photos

Enthusiasm and amazing results in the gully of white gums An incredibly enthusiastic group of 14 people made a huge impact in the gully to the north of Wharf Rd on Saturday 23rd Feb. The area that used to be blocked by the prolific Currie weed, Polygala, is now clear, enhancing the beauty (and biodiversity), and making an access-way into this special little gully. For the explorer types, it is pretty easy to go in there now and have a look. This project is a KI Council project, funded by Cradle Coast NRM with assistance provided by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program. …An activity for 10 Days on the Island is also planned in this area, where weed materials, and other nest building materials that can be removed without negative impact, will be collected to build a replica of the nest that will be used in the Birds performance. All are encouraged to come along to these field days, it is awesome what many hands can achieve in a short time. As one volunteer said, “We are all enjoying the day out with like minded people and having such a lovely lunch together, and certainly feel a real sense of achievement.”

Sea Spurge

A Management Plan for Sea Spurge has recently been developed. This plan aims to provide a strategic and co-ordinated approach to community-based management of sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias) on King Island. It provides a practical framework for the management of sea spurge, concentrating on on-ground work, while keeping in mind the need for integrated management including other weeds and issues of concern around the island’s coastline. It provides volunteers, community groups, land managers, key stakeholders and professionals with a tool for attracting and applying human and financial resources that enable effective and strategic weed management actions.

Last Updated on 15 September 2023