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Published: 2002-05-16 00:00:00

Alligator weed control is on the agenda for next week’s meeting of Environment Waikato’s North Zone Biosecurity Subcommittee.

The subcommittee will also be discussing the reassessment of the use of 1080 to control possums in New Zealand. Regional Councils are involved in the review of its use, which is being done in response to lobbying from various groups opposed to its use.

Several community possum control projects will also be reported on, in Port Waikato, Awaroa, Hakarimata, Waingaro and Moehau.

Plant pest contractor Philip Mabin will outline progress in controlling the aquatic pest alligator weed in the lower Waikato River area, as well as the Tuakau urban privet control proposal.
The subcommittee will also be making a field trip to Port Waikato to view alligator weed and woolly nightshade control as well as possum control operations.

This is the last meeting of the current subcommittee. Nominations will be sought over the next couple of months for new committees for both the north (based in north Waikato) and south based in Te Kuiti) subcommittees. The nominations will be advertised in community newspapers.