Welcome to the Weed Management
Society of South Australia Inc.
The Weed Management Society of South Australia Inc. (WMSSA) was formed on 15th October 1999, bringing together people actively involved in managing weeds and researchers with interests in protecting our agricultural and natural environments.
The Society provides a forum to share knowledge, debate issues and generate ideas, drawing on practical weed control experience and the latest research. We always welcome new members and our events are open to all.
Aims of WMSSA
The principal aim of the Society is to minimise the economic, environmental and social impacts of weeds in South Australia. The objects in respect of this aim are:
- To raise community, government and industry awareness of the economic, environmental and social impacts of weeds in South Australia.
- To encourage and promote community, government and industry support and participation in weed management.
- To encourage and promote best practice weed management based on scientific principles.
- To encourage and promote opportunities for exchange of information and ideas based on research and practice.
- To encourage and promote early identification and prevention of new and potential weeds.
- To cooperate with and support other organisations with similar aims, within South Australia, nationally and internationally.
Activities of WMSSA
The WMSSA undertakes various activities to improve weed management in South Australia. The Society's regular newsletter WeedWise, provides the main communication outlet. The quarterly newsletter highlights information on advances in weed science and management, reports of seminars, meetings, workshops and conferences, recent media reports, and reviews publications and web sites. The WMSSA also holds public meetings to raise awareness and promote discussion of weed management issues, threats and responses. Topics at public meetings have included:
- Fire for weed and native vegetation management
- Aquatic weeds and their impact
- Significant parasitic weeds - a focus on Orobanche ramose
- Weeds for sale - how to solve the problem of invasive garden plants
- Computer assisted weed management - computer modelling of weed invasions in South Australia
- California and southern Australia: similar climates but why different weed problems?
The Society also holds workshops and hosted the 15th Australian Weeds Conference in 2006.
We have also always looked to raise weed awareness through having stalls at various environment and garden events in Adelaide, such as at the Native Plant Sale at Wayville Showgrounds and the Festival of Garden Living at Veale Gardens, South Terrace. Visit our events page regularly to keep up-to-date with activities of the society.
WMSSA has membership from local community environment groups, State Government departments,
Natural Resource Management Boards, Local Councils, Universities and
CSIRO. This diverse membership ensures excellent networks and communication between people at all levels of weed management and enables the Society to make important contributions to weed management. See our membership page for more information on becoming a member of the WMSSA.
Society News - 3rd South Australian Weeds Conference 8-9 May 2012
The WMSSA hosted a very successful 3rd South Australian Weeds Conference on the 8th & 9th of May 2012. The conference brought togther a diverse range of speakers, to present the latest weeds research, case studies and projects.
The themed session on the interaction between fire and weeds on day one was well received with fantastic talks by Wayne Richardson (Forestry SA), Randall Johnson (DENR), Matthew Endacott (Trees For Life) and Rachel Melland (Consultant Weed Ecologist).
The themed session on day two focused on the invasive transformer species Buffel grass. A species seen as beneficial in some of our neighbouring states but as a serious threat to primary production and endangered species in South Australia. There were some very informative Buffel grass presentations by Tim Reynolds (Biosecurity SA), Mark Richardson (Planning for Plants), Victoria Marshall (University of Adelaide), and Adrian Harvey (Rural Solution SA).
The program was filled with a wide range of presentations, with something for all the 110 conference delegates culminating in an inspiring closing presentation by Ann Prescott reviewing the Watiparinga experience, managing grassy woodlands.
The program will remain available from the events page, with downloads of presentations becoming available in the next few weeks.
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