The Tamar Valley Weed Strategy is a community based organisation that is trying to combat the spread of weeds within the Tamar Valley region. The concept was originally conceived at a Tamar Valley TFGA meeting and has received tremendous support from a whole range of groups and individuals, from heavy and light industry, landcare groups, municipal councils, the TFGA, Federal and State Governments and individual land owners and farmers
The Tamar Valley Weed Strategy varies greatly from past programs as all decisions are made by the land managers themselves and does not rely on a set of rules being imposed by government or other authorities. It is effectively using community feelings of ownership and cooperation. It is also making the best use of our most important resource, the people who usually have the most local knowledge about their land. The idea is to coordinate resources and knowledge across the region, work across boarders and to get the most out of weed control and eradication programs.
An important part of the operation of the Tamar Valley Weed Strategy is to disseminate the most up to date information available on weeds, their identification, the choices available for their management and the implications of weed infestations. While not actually producing the technical information (courtesy of DPIWE and others) we present it in a user friendly way. Educational material is being produced for schools and interested groups.
The Tamar Valley Weed Strategy is a long term, innovative program aiming to protect and improve our impressive natural surroundings. It allows land mangers within an area to formulate their weed programs in a coordinated way and to assess their overall success. The need for community resourcing and the fostering of a more cooperative and coordinated approach will be important issues for the strategy.