grass roots community organisation that aims to improve natural condition of the derwent catchment

Central Highlands Weed Management Program

Central Highlands Weed Management Plan 2016-2021 View here

The Derwent Catchment Project are taking a lead role in the delivery of a coordinated weed management program, collaborating with land owners and land managers to provide opportunities to improve efficiency and outcomes in environmental weed control programs in the Upper Derwent/Highland Lakes Region which falls within the Central Highlands Municipality.

The aim of the Derwent Catchment Project is to communicate, facilitate and coordinate investment in the delivery of integrated weed control across multiple land tenures in the Upper Derwent/Highland Lakes Region of the Central Highland Municipality. Weed control programs under this plan will deliver successful, effective, safe and socially acceptable outcomes that will enhance the natural and scenic values of the region.

This project has arisen from a drive within both the local community and local government to control local both WONS and listed environmental weed infestations. Local knowledge was shared between various land managers and owners, encouraging a coordinated and strategic approach to weed control across property boundaries. This localised approach was broadened in the 2011 and has been ongoing since that time.

Research and evidence gained through existing volunteer programs, attendance of community meetings and facilitation of workshops has provided the message that community, whether that be retirees, hunters, fishermen, horse riders and conservationists want to participate in weed control programs on their patch.

The Derwent Catchment Project identified and understood that most land managers had existing weed management plans, strategies and internal management prescriptions to consider before delivering on ground works. The Derwent Catchment Project set about building trust and partnerships with each stakeholder and subsequently has been able to streamline some of these prescriptions. Other stakeholders, who previously did not have efficient mechanisms in place to undertake weed control, can now easily contribute through the Derwent Catchment Project weed business plan.

To win the war on weeds long term commitments are needed. Derwent Catchment Project identified the need to ensure that stakeholders were committed to strategic, collaborative weed control in the long-term. Funding for a weed control business plan covering the Upper Derwent/Highland Lakes Region was obtained. This was to provide the framework for stakeholders to invest in weed control on their properties for the long-term, and ensure adoption at a corporate level.

The Derwent Catchment Project is the peak body responsible for the provision of natural resource management support across the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley municipalities. The Derwent Catchment Project is made up of community, investors, rural businesses and land managers.  The Derwent Catchment Project operates in its current capacity through investment made to the Committee from the Central Highlands Council, Derwent Valley Council and NRM South.  These investments enable the employment of a  NRM Facilitator and a part time Project Officer.

Stakeholders in the weed management program include, corporate and private land managers, research and support agencies, and community/recreation groups. These are listed below.

Land managers

Hydro Tasmania, Transend, Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER), Norske Skog, Forestry Tasmania, Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Crown Land Services, Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA), Inland Fisheries Service (IFS), Central Highland Council, Aurora and individual private landowners.

Research agencies

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (UTas)

Support agencies

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Greening Australia, NRM South

Community groups

Southern Highlands Progress Association, and others