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WEEDS OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) Strategic Plan 2011 to 2016 Draft actions table for comment REVISED NATIONAL ALLIGATOR WEED STRATEGIC PLAN – Actions Table Goal 1 - Protect clean areas, prevent spread, early detection, and eradicate isolated and scattered alligator weed infestations Objectives Strategic Actions Responsibility Priority Performance Indicators 1A Increase monitoring and Continue aquatic WoNS/weed identification State/Territory Govt, 1 ID training workshops held in surveillance capabilities to workshops in priority reconnaissance regions (as regional weed priority regions and training enable early detection of new determined by national map) to train key people in committees, Local resources available alligator weed infestations identification of the weed Control Authorities and Regional NRM Groups Undertake alligator weed surveillance activities State/Territory Govt, 1 Number of surveys performed (active and passive) at high risk pathways in/near: LCA’s, community, weed Number of new infestations • priority reconnaissance regions experts, waterway reported managers, asset • downstream areas from outlier sites, ers particularly post flood • key ecological assets threatened by alligator weed infestations Ensure ongoing supply of alligator weed AG, State/Territory Govt 2 Brochures and flyers available identification and awareness materials (via ...

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WEEDS OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE
Alligator Weed
(
Alternanthera philoxeroides
)
Strategic Plan
2011 to 2016
Draft actions table for comment
Alligator weed national strategic plan – draft actions table for comment (February 2011) - Page 2 of 6
REVISED NATIONAL ALLIGATOR WEED STRATEGIC PLAN – Actions Table
Goal 1 - Protect clean areas, prevent spread, early detection, and eradicate isolated and scattered alligator weed infestations
Objectives
Strategic Actions
Responsibility
Priority
Performance Indicators
Continue aquatic WoNS/weed identification
workshops in priority reconnaissance regions (as
determined by national map) to train key people in
identification of the weed
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, Local
Control Authorities and
Regional NRM Groups
1
ID training workshops held in
priority regions and training
resources available
Undertake alligator weed surveillance activities
(active and passive) at high risk pathways in/near:
priority reconnaissance regions
downstream areas from outlier sites,
particularly post flood
key ecological assets threatened by alligator
weed infestations
State/Territory Govt,
LCA’s, community, weed
experts, waterway
managers, asset
managers
1
Number of surveys performed
Number of new infestations
reported
Ensure ongoing supply of alligator weed
identification and awareness materials
AG, State/Territory Govt
2
Brochures and flyers available
(via web and hardcopy) to key
stakeholders and community
Review effectiveness of aquatic weeds early
detection guidelines and revise where necessary
NAWMG
2
Guidelines revised and
redistributed to key weeds
staff by June 2012
Investigate new technologies (eg aerial imagery)
for their potential as alligator weed detection tools
Research organisations
2
Additional surveillance tools
available
1A
Increase monitoring and
surveillance capabilities to
enable early detection of new
alligator weed infestations
Investigate hydrological modelling as a tool to
better predict post flood spread of aquatic weeds
Research organisations
3
Decision support tools for post
flood surveys available
Develop and implement control programs for core
infestation zones identified at high risk of spread
(as recommended by the Hunter and greater
Sydney core alligator weed zoning and
prioritisation processes)
NSW Government,
regional weeds
committees, LCA’s,
Regional NRM groups
1
Action plans for high risk
zones developed by 2013.
Investment in core area
management directed at
action plans
1B
Prevent spread of alligator
weed infestations through
containment planning programs
Utilise local planning laws (eg
Development
control plan conditions
) to prevent spread from
existing sites via urban development, earthmoving
and construction industry
LCA’s, local government
2
Planning laws utilised at core
alligator weed sites and high
risk outliers by 2014
Alligator weed national strategic plan – draft actions table for comment (February 2011) - Page 3 of 6
Maintain backyard/garden eradication programs
State/Territory Govt,
LCA’s
1
All sites treated as per best
practice and inspected
annually
Continue to discourage its use as a food plant
State/Territory Govt
2
Awareness material available
to relevant ethnic groups
1C Reduce invasion pathways
for alligator weed
Maintain awareness programs that target key
vectors of spread (eg earth moving)
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s
3
Key vectors addressed in
State/regional communication
plans
Maintain and monitor alligator weed eradication
and containment programs at all existing outlier
sites
State/Territory Govt,
LCA’s
1
Existing programs maintained
with all sites reduced in size or
stabilised
Establish containment standards for managing
outlier sites
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s
1
Containment standards built
into outlier control programs
Develop management plans for new outlier
incursions
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s
1
Management plans developed
and implemented within 3
months of detection
1D Maintain and monitor outlier
eradication and containment
programs
Maintain current declaration status of alligator
weed to reflect outlier eradication goals
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s
1
All outlier sites remain an
eradication target under
state/territory govt legislation
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Goal 2 – Strategically manage of established alligator weed infestations
Objectives
Strategic Actions
Responsibility
Priority
Performance Indicators
Compile database of national, state and regional
ecological assets threatened or impacted by
alligator weed
NAWMG, AG,
State/Territory Govt,
regional NRM groups
1
Assets at risk identified by
June 2011. Strategic
actions/strategies identified
and integrated into NRM plans
Develop and implement control programs for core
infestation zones identified as posing significant
risks to key ecological assets (as recommended
by the Hunter and greater Sydney core alligator
weed zoning and prioritisation processes)
NSW Government,
regional weeds
committees, LCA’s,
Regional NRM groups
1
As per 1B - Action plans for
high risk zones developed by
2013. Investment in core area
management directed at action
plans
2A Identify key ecological
assets at threat from alligator
weed and prioritise at national,
state and regional levels and
undertake strategic control to
reduce impact of existing
infestations
Quantify the ecological and economic impacts
(current and potential) of alligator weed.
Research organisations
2
The impacts of alligator weed
are quantified and information
disseminated
Investigate potential for rust/fungal biological
control agents or use against alligator weed
CSIRO
1
Agents are researched and
suitability for release assessed
Continue host specificity testing of remaining
potential insect biological control agents
CSIRO
1
Agents are researched and
suitability for release assessed
2B – Introduce, assess and
improve the effectiveness of
biological control agents to
reduce impacts of established
alligator weed infestations
Implement release and monitoring programs for
newly approved biological control agents
State/territory Govt,
LCA’s
1
Biological control agents are
released and impact monitored
Alligator weed national strategic plan – draft actions table for comment (February 2011) - Page 5 of 6
Goal 3 - Increase capacity and will to manage alligator weed
Objectives
Strategic Actions
Responsibility
Priority
Performance Indicators
Collate data on new incursions and update
national distribution & management actions map
AG, State/Territory Govt.
1
National map updated
annually
Utilise national online data storage and mapping
tool (Weed Watcher) for ongoing reporting of new
incursions and for access to alligator weed
national dataset
AG
1
Mapping system available to
all stakeholders by June 2012
3A
National collation and
reporting of alligator weed
mapping data and decision
support
Encourage use of national WoNS mapping
guidelines
AG, State/Territory Gov,
regional weed
committees
2
WoNS distribution data is
collected in a consistent
manner
Undertake research and/or field trials in the
following key areas.
Herbicide/adjuvant formulations and
strategies and their effects on below
ground biomass
Post herbicide fragmentation
management
Non herbicide options such as
solarisation or respiration
Integrated techniques.
State/Territory Govt,
research organisations
1
A ‘toolbox’ of user friendly, low
cost and more effective control
methods available
Pursue regulatory approval for use of additional
aquatic herbicides in Australia against alligator
weed and other high priority aquatic weeds
AG, State/Territory Govt,
NAWMG, APVMA
1
Additional aquatic herbicides
suitable for use in Australia
identified
3B Develop effective techniques
for eradicating of outlier and
backyard infestations
Maintain or establish networks and information
sharing with alligator weed researchers from other
countries
Research organisations
2
Increased information
exchange on alligator weed
research with other countries
Ensure on going supply of alligator weed best
practice information and resources
AG, State/Territory Govt
1
Control manuals and other
resources available on
national weeds website
3B
Promote adoption and
ongoing improvement of best
practice management
Ensure ongoing availability of minor use permits
to use appropriate herbicides for both control
programs and field research
State/Territory Govt,
APVMA
1
Minor use permits obtained as
required
Alligator weed national strategic plan – draft actions table for comment (February 2011) - Page 6 of 6
Update management information and state based
fact sheets to reflect new developments in best
practice
State/Territory Govt
1
Factsheets or similar updated
Maintain existing alligator weed management
networks, from local to national level
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s,
regional NRM groups
1
Coordination across states
and weed control jurisdictions
continues
Integrate national strategic plan objectives
throughout regional and state policy and planning
approaches
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s,
regional NRM groups
1
Local, regional and state
alligator weed plans (or NRM
biodiversity plans where
appropriate) address key
priorities of the National
Strategic Plan
3C Maintain capacity for
coordinated management.
Maintain or establish regional taskforces to
oversee implementation of regional plans and/or
management of high priority infestations
State/Territory Govt,
regional weed
committees, LCA’s,
regional NRM groups
1
Regional commitment to
managing strategic alligator
weed sites is maintained
Priority
1 = What has to be done
2 = What should be done
3 = What could be done
Glossary
AG – Australian Government
APWRA – Aquatic Plants Weed Risk Assessment
LCA’s – Local Control Authorities
NAWMG – National Aquatic Weeds Management Group
NRM – Natural Resource Management
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