Mount Isa Landcare Group helps scouts attack weeds

Mount Isa Scouts had a cracker of an experience learning about and treating weeds at the Lake Moondarra Junction on weekend with the help of Mount Isa Landcare Group.

Landcare Group president Mark Van Ryt said the primary target was a patch of belly ache bush of which the troop found and pulled out 50 plants which were left hanging in trees or left exposed on hot gravel to dry in the sun.

“The scouts also helped to treat a patch of rubber vine - another weed of national significance,” Mr Van Ryt said.

“They each had turns cutting the vine while Mount Isa Landcare President, Mark Van Ryt doused the cut stubs with herbicide.”

Mr Van Ryt said the scouts were well behaved and delight to be with.

“They really enjoyed the “weed warrior” role play to search out the pests and destroy them,” he said.

“Identification of various pests and how to treat them were key learnings of this exercise.”

Mr Van Ryt thanked Melissa Winter (Platypus) for organising the troop.

“Platypus and her troop are working in partnership with Mount Isa Landcare Group and conduct regular environmental activities,” he said.

“As each scout completes three activities they are awarded a landcare badge.”