Cactus Causing Prickly Problem

Friday, 24 Sep 2021

Cactus Causing Prickly Problem A new state-wide campaign is urging residents to be on the lookout for the prohibited sale or trade of prickly pear cacti.
Barbed bristles and sharp spines on the plants detach easily from the plant and can cause serious injury to people. They can injure, cause infection, blind and even kill native animals, pets, working dogs and livestock. Once in the environment, prickly pears can form impenetrable walls of vegetation and cost millions of dollars to control.
NSW Crime Stoppers, local councils, Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Primary Industries have joined forces to call for anyone who sees these plants for sale to report it.
Easy to propagate from cuttings, cacti are popular plants in household gardens, both indoors and outdoors. That same rapid growth can cause widespread devastation in the natural environment.
Griffith City Council’s Biosecurity Weeds Officer, Peter McGrath said, Prickly pears that are dumped in backyards or reserves can spread easily and rapidly.
“Seed is also spread by birds that eat the fruit of plants growing in garden beds and pots.  Prickly pears have nasty spines that can injure people, wildlife and pets and they are difficult plants to kill,” said Mr McGrath.
“It’s prohibited to import prickly pears into NSW or sell or swap them in NSW for these reasons.
“Spring usually brings an increase in plant sales, so we’re appealing to the public to be on the lookout for these cacti in markets and online.”
There are more than 27 species of prickly pear known to be in Australia. Eve’s needle, bunny ears, smooth tree pear and blind cactus are all types of prickly pear illegally traded in NSW, despite on-the-spot fines of $1,000 and penalties of up to $220,000.
More information is available on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds or you can get in touch with Council’s weeds officer on 1300 176 077.
You can also report sale of prickly pear to NSW Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/home/  
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