What we're doing
Wheel Cactus is a weed of national significance, with seeds spread easily by birds and other animals. This infestation is one of the most significant in central Victoria and has cultural, conservation and agricultural ramifications for the entire region if left unchecked.
Controlling it will take years of hard work and dedication but there are proven methods – we've successfully used them on other reserves in the region. It just requires ownership of the issue and time to implement good land management practices.
Crews of Djandak rangers have been at the site regularly since acquisition, deploying a combination of chemical, mechanical and biocontrol tactics to reduce the weed.
Further biological and archaeological studies are planned for 2022 to increase our understanding of the conservation and cultural values of the site.
The Dja Dja Wurrung's Martinga kuli (Ancestors) have cared for this place for many generations. It's an important cultural site, especially for the Yung Balug clan.
Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO Rodney Carter said the relationship built between Bush Heritage and DJAARA was to be celebrated.
“Bush Heritage's care for Djandak (Country) has been significant and has ensured that many of our plants and animals continue and have safe places at the properties they have acquired. At every opportunity they involve us,” he said.
Bush Heritage and DJAARA have worked in collaboration since 2007, cementing their partnership with a formal MOU at the start of 2021. DJAARA strives to support Dja Dja Wurrung People in their self-determination and to reach the goals in their Dhelkunya Dja (Healing Country) Plan.