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2 RE-SOURCE I SPRING 2018 Reminders for spring Managing artichoke through spring Cynara cardunculus, commonly known as the Artichoke Thistle, originates from the Mediterranean. This striking, spiny, herbaceous perennial has greyish green leaves and bright blue to purple-hued flowers, making it easy to spot. It also grows up to two metres tall. This noxious weed is spread by seed dispersal. Seeds are generally dispersed by wind, with most seeds only dropping a few metres from the parent plant. However, some seeds can travel far from the parent plant. Seeds can also be spread by livestock, birds and flowing water, and can survive up to five years in the soil. Growth of the plant slows during winter and becomes rapid during spring, making spring a good time to control this weed. Options for removal depend on the size of the infestation and the age of the plants. Manual removal can be achieved on small infestations but most (if not all) of the tap root has to be removed; otherwise the plant will regrow. Other effective control methods include removing the seed heads to limit the spread of seed and using a suitable herbicide spray on the foliage. Landowners should seek expert advice from a local farm supply business before purchasing any herbicides; or contact the Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200. Small grants now available The Conserving our Rural Environment Small grant provides support to eligible landowners to manage and improve the quality of their rural property. This grant is provided as a $300 (excluding GST) reimbursement by cheque following submission and approval of an annual application form. Landowners who returned their expression of interest postcards for the 2018–19 program were mailed an application form in early July 2018. Landowners who didn't can still request an application form. To check your eligibility or to request an application form please email or contact the Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200. Applications for the Small grants close 31 March 2019. Agricultural Land Use Rebate The Agricultural Land Use Rebate offers landowners who predominantly use their land for an agricultural purpose and demonstrate good land management, a 23 per cent reduction on their annual rates. Applications for the 2018–19 program were mailed out to previous program applicants in February 2018. If you would like your property to be considered for a rebate you can contact a Council officer to organise a property visit and program assessment. For more information about the program visit or contact Council's Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200.

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