A hearing will be held on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, on an application to import and release two weevils for the biological control of the weed Darwin's barberry.
Darwin’s barberry (Berberis darwinii) invades pasture, disturbed forest and other scarcely vegetated sites. The seeds are spread long distances by birds and the weed can grow more rapidly than native species when suitable conditions arise, dominating sites where it establishes. It can suppress existing vegetation and prevent the establishment of desirable plants.
The application is being made by Environment Southland on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective.
The hearing starts at 10.30am in the EPA Boardroom, Level 10, 215 Lambton Quay (ANZ Tower), Wellington.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing, but only those who have made a submission on the application may be heard.
Media wishing to attend the hearing are advised to register their interest by contacting Senior Communications Advisor Barbara Crocker on 04 474 5429.