3 June 2021

A campaign to control the toxic weed Cape tulip on Kangaroo Island is underway.

Cape tulip has significantly increased on Kangaroo Island since the 2019/20 bushfires. It is toxic to all types of grazing animals and represents a serious threat to Kangaroo Island’s livestock industry.

To stop the spread of the weed, a coordinated campaign with multiple methods of support and control is taking place this winter, led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

Bushfire-affected landholders battling Cape tulip can apply for subsidies of up to $3,000 or half the purchase cost of equipment to control the weed on their land, including weed wipers and boom sprays. ­­­The subsidy applies to equipment purchased between February 2020 and 30 June 2022.

A blitz from Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July will bring weed control officers from Landscape Boards across the state to Kangaroo Island. They’ll spend an intensive week with local weed officers controlling Cape tulip in creek lines and native vegetation on private properties on the South Coast. This blitz will support the hard work already being done by local landowners to control the weed on their property.

As part of the campaign, weed control contractors will be available to assist landholders in other fire-affected areas of the island.

The campaign to control Cape tulip is a coordinated effort between the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board, the Department of Environment and Water, farmers, landholders and community members.

The Cape tulip campaign is an initiative of the Kangaroo Island Biosecurity Rebuild Project and the Build Back Better Agriculture and Land Project, jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Government of South Australia under the National Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

To learn more about the project, including eligibility for the equipment subsidy, visit pir.sa.gov.au/cape-tulip-blitz or contact the PIRSA office in Kingscote on 8553 4949.

View the media release from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions website.