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Introduction of Madeira Beetles into Strathfield LGA

In a bid to reduce the number of harmful chemicals used in public places, Strathfield Council has adopted a different approach to try and control weed growth.

Recently Council adopted a biological control program to bring the infestation under control. On Wednesday 4 November 2015, 500 Madeira Beetles were released at two locations at the south end of Elliot Reserve, Belfield. The Beetles, bred in Northern NSW, have a lifespan of up to 52 days and feed primarily on the vine.

Madeira vine is a native South American plant suffocating much of the native Australian vegetation.

This invasive climber requires significant amounts of chemicals and subsequent follow up work by Council to hamper its growth.

“It is reassuring to see Council look for alternative measures to frequently used harsh chemicals. We are so reliant on chemicals and are more often than not unaware of their long term effects on the environment and our health. This trial shows the ongoing commitment Strathfield Council has for the health and well-being of its residents”, Mayor of Strathfield, Councillor Sang Ok said.

Madeira beetles were considered as an option to combat the vine in this 500 square metre area as there is evidence of the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog inhabiting this location.

It is anticipated that the beetles will reproduce and assist in the eradication of this weed.

Council will report on the effectiveness of this project in the months to come.

For any further information on this trial please contact Council on 9748 9999.