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Gorse (Ulex europaeus) weed management guide

Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3206 2

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About the guide

Gorse is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts. It is a major agricultural weed in Tasmania and parts of Victoria, and is increasingly becoming a threat as an environmental weed in many national parks and other bushland areas.

In pastoral areas it provides shelter for pests such as rabbits, increases the risk of bushfires because of its flammability, reduces access by forming dense thickets and dramatically reduces stocking rates.

In Tasmania the cost of gorse to the state's woolgrowers in lost production alone has been conservatively estimated at about $1 million annually. In Victoria the costs of gorse to the community in the central highlands region were recently estimated at $7 million over five years.

Control of gorse, like all weeds, is expensive with initial costs of up to $1500 per ha and ongoing follow-up required.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed management arrangements page.

Contact details

Michael Noble
National Coordinator Gorse
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment
PO Box 303, Devonport TAS 7310
Phone: (03) 6421 5100 Fax: (03) 6424 5142

Extent in Australia Potential distribution
WA, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS, ACT Could further expand in current locations
Cover of Gorse (Ulex europaeus) - Weeds of National Significance - Weed Management Guide

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