Tom Price Leucaena tree removal update

Published on Monday, 7 March 2022 at 10:00:00 AM

The Shire of Ashburton have now successfully removed Leucaena trees on Doradeen Road after a trial removal took place in August

Leucaena (weed) trees have been spreading rapidly throughout the Tom Price townsite, primarily around watercourses.

These trees grow extremely rapidly and can form impenetrable thickets, displacing occupiable space and reducing biodiversity.

The seeds can lay dormant in the soil for up to 20 years and are highly transportable by humans, animals, birds, and water.

The decision was carried by Council during their August Ordinary Meeting to test the long-term effectiveness of using a forestry mulcher to eradicate local Leucaena infestations, which proved successful.

The Shire contracted locally owned business Pilbara Trees to conduct the removal of Leucaena trees on Doradeen Road.

In addition to the continual removal of the trees, the Shire of Ashburton is consulting with Government Departments, industry, local organisations, and community groups to investigate potential options to control the spread of Leucaena trees, in line with the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027.

This will help to maintain flourishing natural environments and to conserve the region’s high biodiversity and landscape values.

Back to All News