RESIDENTS in the Shire of Mundaring are encouraged to remove Flinders Range Wattles as a part of bushfire preparedness efforts around their homes.
Fire hazard inspection officer, Allan Entwistle said the South Australian native, scientifically known as Acacia Iteaphylla, is an introduced species and is considered a weed.
“Woody weeds such as Eastern States Wattles present an increased risk of bushfire hazard, especially when close to buildings, as they burn so readily in fiery conditions,” Mr Entwistle said.
“Eastern States Wattles also crowd out native plants, making dense, impenetrable thickets, and any fuel load management underneath these weeds a nearly impossible task.”
The plant species can also colonise road sides and invade bushland areas, displace native species and reduce biodiversity.
Flinders Range Wattle seeds can remain dormant in soil for many years.
Mr Entwistle said removing the wattles before they flower is best as they spread easily from winter through to spring.
Its pollen is also known to aggravate hay fever and asthma.
Replacement plants are available free to residents through the Mundaring Shire’s Tree Canopy and Understorey program.
For more information about the Flinders Range Wattle and the replacement plant program visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au