Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association – NT
Introduced weed Parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata) is a threat to cattle properties in the Barkly Tablelands, where it affects the large lake systems and productive grazing country around waterways. Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association (BLCA) has been fighting the weed’s spread for over a decade. The BLCA has used helicopters to map infestations and tracked spraying programs to measure ongoing process, in addition to supporting the establishment of two Indigenous weed control contractor businesses. BLCA’s research partnership with the University of Queensland has also led to the manufacture of Parkinsonia Di-Bak, a biological aid using naturally occurring fungal pathogens to induce dieback.