- Koster's curse (Clidemia hirta) has high potential to become a “nightmare weed”, infesting private property as well as destroying amenity and biodiversity values in our parks and World Heritage areas.
- At the moment, it has been successfully controlled to 2 dozen properties in Julatten. The chances of keeping the weed under control are good, given sufficient determination.
- Class 2 Declared Weeds are the responsibility of land owners to control and remove. So, under the law, each landholder is expected to carry the cost of dealing with the weed.
- Koster's curse is difficult to spot (it looks like a lot of other native plants) and it is difficult to remove. It sets thousands of seeds quickly after flowering, and the seeds spread easily. The only way to control and reduce the danger is through determined removal and ongoing surveillance all around the Julatten area.
- Assistance to landholders is being coordinated by the Mitchell River Watershed Management Group, in collaboration with Mareeba Shire Council, JAMARR, and Biosecurity Queensland.
- Professional spotters and weed contractors are the most effective response. But funding is difficult to secure. We will take advantage of all opportunities for funding to continue operations against the weed.
- To be effective, we will need to work together as a community. Everyone will be asked to pitch in, to assist in some way.
- Our role in the catchment will be to provide ongoing coordination , reporting, and community liaison for the effort. We plan to work with Biosecurity Queensland and Mareeba Shire Council to ensure that the field data collection is continued, private data remains private, and that the community as a whole feels informed and empowered to keep this threat minimised.