Civil contractors work on a wide range of projects including the development and maintenance of roads, bridges, dams, wharves and commercial and housing developments.
Environmental field officer for the CCF, Wayne Huntley, said that civil construction activities often involve working in direct contact with soil, and therefore present a high risk of weed contamination and subsequent spread.
To address this, the CCF has developed an industry-wide guide for machinery hygiene that details methods for detecting and removing contaminant plant parts, seeds and soil from machinery.
?By adopting this guide and applying effective machinery hygiene methods, contractors help to reduce the spread of invasive plants,? said Huntley.
The Machinery Hygiene Guide and an online e-learning tool were developed in partnership with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI), with support from the Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE), VicRoads, and Victoria?s Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
The DPI-CCF partnership worked to develop best practice methods of weed spread prevention (for both strategic and on-the-ground activities).
Project officer for the NWSPI, Dr Sheehan said that the guide provides just one example of the types of tools that can be developed to reduce weed spread.
The Guide for Machinery Hygiene for Civil Construction is available online.
Source: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation