Dealing with Woody Weeds

Woody weeds are tough and evasive and if untreated can destroy ecosystems and grazing country. Found across Australia woody weed species include Blackberry, Prickly Acacia and Wattle, Eucalypt regrowth

The main treatment used when it comes to treating  weeds is herbicide. Using the right herbicide, at the right time, with the right technique is the best way to ensure you don’t have to retreat the same density and problem year after year.

When a customer engages 18FiFTY3 Group to manage weed problems we look take the following steps with our customers;

  1. Identify the weed species.
  2. How dense or big is the infestation?
  3. Where is the infestation located? Are there any environmental factors that need to be considered for treatment?
  4. Develop an integrated management strategy. Consider your property’s conditions and capabilities, access to machinery and technology.
  5. What are the best herbicides to use and how to spray in an effective yet environmentally friendly manner. Do you need herbicides or can you control with mulching or other methods.

If you are having a problem contact the team at 18FiFTY3 Group to discuss.

Richard Aboriginal Trainee of the Year

Borroloola resident Richard Baker has literally taken to the sky in
pursuit of his dreams.

In February 2009, Richard became the first resident of Borroloola to
qualify as a commercial helicopter pilot in the Northern Territory.
Richard’s achievements were acknowledged when he won the
award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in
the 2009 Northern Territory Training Awards.

Like most pursuits of this nature, there were sacrifices that had to be
made for Richard to succeed in his chosen profession.
Enduring long hours of study, isolation from his family, and intensive
theoretical, medical and flight examinations are all standard
requirements of any individual seeking to pilot a helicopter.
With his determination to succeed and educational expenses
funded by the MRM Community Benefits Trust and the NT Government, Richard
embraced the challenges, and achieved rewards for his efforts.
Now employed as a Line Pilot by Airborne Solutions in Katherine,
Richard spends most of his flying hours conducting scenic tours
high above Nitmiluk National Park.

It’s this valuable time in the air that allows Richard to log his flight
hours and hone his flying skills that will eventually allow Richard
to progress into his real passion – chopper mustering on remote
Northern Territory cattle stations. Working cattle is in Richard’s blood. Many years working from the
back of a horse and in hot and dusty cattle yards will soon give-way
to the thumping of rotor blades.

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