Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hunt on for Dreaded Pest, Giant Devils Fig

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hunt on for Dreaded Pest, Giant Devils Fig

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FOLLOWING a report by a member of staff, Coffs Harbour City Council officers discovered a number of giant devils fig plants growing along a roadside near Coffs Harbour last week.

Numerous plants, found in two separate locations and ranging in size from very small seedlings to very large plants, were removed immediately.

Giant devils fig is a native of Central America and was introduced to the Far North Coast of New South Wales about 35 years ago. It has been spread extensively by birds and bats to become one of the most serious weed threats on the North Coast.

Senior weeds inspector for Coffs Harbour City Council, Alan Wray, said it was the first detection of giant devils fig plants ever recorded in Coffs Harbour.

"We are seeking the assistance of community members to play their part in protecting the rich biodiversity of the region," Mr Wray said.

"The seriousness of the threat to our bushland cannot be overstated. We share a similar climate to the other locations in the world where this plant has devastated the natural environment. …

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