For some time caravan and RV owners have been using Shoalhaven Council land, adjacent to the Wandandian Progress Hall and Wandandian Fire Shed, for free overnight camping.
Wandandian Progress Association has been advised that this is
NO LONGER ALLOWED.
Originating from South America, Cassia (Senna pendula) was originally brought to Australia as an ornamental horticultural plant.
Local residents will recognise the weed from its bright yellow buttercup flowers which are currently in bloom. Cassia thrives in all conditions and can be found along the area’s beaches, creeks and roadsides.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said Cassia was an incredibly invasive weed, out competing many of the area’s native plants for nutrients and sunlight.
“While the flowers may appear quite alluring, make no mistake, Cassia is a serious environmental weed that needs to be eradicated from the Shoalhaven,” said Clr Gash.
“Many of the area’s 65 Bushcare Groups already spend countless hours controlling and removing this invasive plant from our bushland reserves, however more needs to be done.
“Council is calling on the local community to identify and remove any outbreaks of Cassia from within private property.”
“Small plants, under knee high, are able to be removed by simply pulling out the shrub from the roots while larger weeds may need to be sawn or cut at the base of the trunk and the stump painted with a small amount of undiluted Glyphosate.”
“Left unattended, Cassia will continue to reduce biodiversity in our natural bushland by outcompeting our native plants and creating an unwanted mono-culture.”
Mayor Gash said any local residents looking for more information on Cassia or any other serious weeds can use the resources found on Council’s website
or by downloading a copy of Grow Me Instead
Residents wanting a hard copy of the Grow Me Instead Booklet can phone Council on 4429 3111 or email
to receive a copy.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash – 0427 160 172
Shoalhaven City has recently been included in the list of areas affected by Myrtle Rust.
Myrtle Rust is a plant fungal disease that was found in NSW in April 2010. Since then it has spread to an area from Shoalhaven City to the Queensland border. Myrtle Rust can be spread by people moving infected plant material, contaminated equipment, clothing and vehicles. It can also spread by wind, insects and other animals. Myrtle Rust has been identified on plants in nurseries, residential properties, and bushland.
The Department of Industry and Investment requests that people help limit the spread of the disease by following measures outlined on their internet site:
Where Myrtle Rust is suspected in your backyard, treatments include apply fungicides or destroy host plants.
To identify Myrtle Rust on plants:
Shoalhaven Council has approved Wandandian Progress Association’s application to become a Community Consultative Body. This will help to keep us more up-to-date with proposed developments and activities which may impact on our community.
Through our regular meetings and this website we will keep you informed.