Joining Forces to Fight Spanish Heath

14th April 2022

We are collaborating with five councils in Tasmania’s Northwest who have joined forces to combat the increased threat posed by Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica).

Image: Spanish heath pose a significant threat to biodiversity in Tasmania 

Spanish heath outcompetes with pasture plants as well as native plants, reduces food sources and habitat for native wildlife, and is highly combustible and poses a significant fire hazard. 

Devonport City Council, Burnie City Council, Central Coast Council, Waratah-Wynyard Council, and Circular Head Council are spreading the news on how to tackle the weed.

NRM Officer Phil Hrstich said we have a unique chance to stop this invasive weed before it becomes out of control and impossible to eradicate, thanks to the State Government Weed Action Fund.

Image: Weed Action Fund group representatives are (from left) Phil Hrstich (Devonport and Burnie), Louise Murphy (Central Coast), Bill Walker (Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head) and Jakob Sprickerhorf (Landcare Tasmania).

"From 2022 to 2025 a collaboration of land managers from Councils, State departments, utilities, and local landowners will be given the opportunity to eradicate this dreadful pest that is endangering productive land and our amazing natural values."

"We are offering a FREE SPRAY KIT to eligible property owners within the dedicated eradication zones to aid their efforts in removing this pest from their properties." said Mr Hrstich

To find out if your property qualifies for a kit, contact the NRM/Weed Officer at your local council. 

Supported through funding from the Tasmanian Weeds Action Fund, a $5 million Tasmanian Government initiative funded until 2024. The funds provided be the Tasmanian Government will be invested with landholders, land managers, and other organisations to tackle weeds that are impacting valuable agriculture and environmental assets.

Working collaboratively with: Forico Pty Ltd, Landcare Tasmania, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, State Growth, TasNetworks, TasRail and TasWater. 

Watch: Spanish Heath Control - Herbicide 

Check out this instructional video on herbicide control of Spanish Heath with Phil Hrstich.



Landcare Tasmania's involvement in the Weed Action Fund group is part of our Advocacy work which aims to raise the profile and get better support for important issues and Community Landcare in Tasmania