What we have done
At the inaugural Kimberley Weeds Forum in 2015, more than 60 people from across the region gathered to discuss regional weed priorities and strategies, share maps and information, and raise awareness of resources, legislation and control options. To our great satisfaction, two of the weeds identified by participants as being amongst the priority five weeds for the region have since been listed as declared weeds: neem and grader grass.
The weeds forum, organised by Environs Kimberley, was supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Ord Land and Water, the Kimberley Land Council, Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the West Kimberley Rubber Vine Eradication Program. The feedback on this forum was that it was valuable to connect with others from across the region, to hear about who was doing what, how and where, and to understand the enormity of work being undertaken with limited resources.
Participants agreed that an established weeds network could support people to work in a more coordinated way across the region, and that they should communicate more often with decision-makers about priorities, results and resourcing.
Kylie Weatherall presents at the 2015 Weed Forum
What we are doing
We are excited to have developed the Kimberley Weeds Network. The intention of the Network is to build on the great momentum already generated throughout the region, support a regional voice, extend regional awareness and improve opportunities for collaboration and funding.
The Kimberley Weeds Network news is now a regular publication and keeps people connected, spreading weed news, not new weeds.
The newsletter is a compilation of stories about Kimberley weeds, control activities, priorities, research and history from people and organisations from the east to the west. Thanks to the many contributors so far. You can read the newsletters here:
Before Covid-19, a 2020 Weeds Forum was fairly and squarely on the agenda for the Network to bring weedos together to share important information. Instead, we have been gathering online to discuss weeds and approaches to containment and control in the Kimberley. These gatherings have evolved into mini-forums where network members, experts and on-ground managers are invited to deliver a short presentation about a particular weed project or concern, and collaborative discussions are facilitated. These mini-forums are recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Links are emailed to the network and are a great opportunity for members to catch up on missed sessions.
These links have also been made publicly available:
Development of a multi-disciplinary Northern Australian neem project by Karen Bell (UWA- CSIRO)
Early stage trial of DiBak Fungus and other methods to control neem by John Szymanski (West Kimberley Rubber Vine Eradication and Aquila Project)
An ecosystem approach to invasive species management. Judith Fisher (Socio-ecologist and Theme leader IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management Thematic Group Ecosystems and Invasive Species.
Experience with Quik Spray units by Susan King (NT Weeds Branch)
Final results of the neem control trials in the East Kimberley by Blu Gaff (Field Officer, Kimberley Regional Biosecurity Association)
The design phase of the National Weeds App by Andrew Mitchell (Science Leader – Automated Weed Identification Project, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions)
The weeds prioritisation process undertaken with Bunuba rangers and Traditional Owners by Bruce Greatwich (District Conservation Coordinator from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions)
Should you be anywhere in the Kimberley with access to a phone, computer or community center with internet, and wish to support others regionally in their efforts to detect, control and eradicate weeds; consider being an active member of the Network and please get in touch with us at [email protected]
In June 2021, 26 members of the Broome community harnessed their ‘inner weed warrior’ and came along to our Minyirr Park weeding day, hosted by Environs Kimberley, Yawuru Country Managers and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions. The volunteers removed a large patch of invasive vines that were strangling endangered monsoon vine thickets—about 200m! Our quest continues with more weeding days requested and happening soon, listed on our event page.
Volunteers who removed invasive vines that threaten monsoon vine thicket
Broome Horse Riding Club
Environs Kimberley partnered with the Broome Horse Riders Club to host a woody weed workshop where volunteers learnt how to treat neem and other woody weeds using the drill ‘n’ pill technology (Trialing New Technologies - Environs Kimberley). The keen volunteers were able to treat 35 trees around the rodeo grounds in 2 hours! Most importantly, the BHRC members have now been empowered to continue this important work at future working bees.
Broome Horse Riders Club members treat woody weeds using the drill n pill method
To promote your local community weeding event, or learn about upcoming events in your area please drop the Network a line at [email protected]
Into the Future
KNP will continue to work with others to build skills and share knowledge through the Kimberley Weeds Network.
For those who would like to be on the Kimberley Weeds Network email list for invites to mini forums, to catch up on forum presentations, or to receive the next newsletter, please email Danielle Bain at [email protected]
Organisations engaged in and supporting the network include: Yawuru Country Managers, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Kimberley Regional Biosecurity Association, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, West Kimberley Rubber Vine Eradication Program, NT Weeds Branch, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, Ord Land and Water, Kimberley Land Council, and others.
We are grateful for support of the Western Australian Government State NRM Program and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture through their National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants Program.
Links to interviews and media
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