Moree Golf Club struggling to receive help for noxious weeds plaguing Mehi River

NO HELP: Moree Golf Club manager Scot McLeod, member Cecilia Baker and president Brian Willett in front of the dry Mehi River running through the golf course
NO HELP: Moree Golf Club manager Scot McLeod, member Cecilia Baker and president Brian Willett in front of the dry Mehi River running through the golf course

There are growing concerns over the large amounts of noxious weeds and green algae plaguing the Mehi River that runs through the Moree golf course.

The amount of noxious weeds in the river has continued to grow and in the midst of a tough drought, what water is left is getting sucked up.

Moree Golf Club management has tried more than once to get any response in regards to the large problem, but continue to be turned away.

Moree Golf Club manager Scot McLeod said they have contacted Landcare, Crown Lands and WaterNSW but they are yet to see any proper action taken.

"We requested assistance from local Landcare, they don't reply," he said.

"They just put it in a folder and say 'we'll get back to you when we get the money'."

"You don't even know if they've received it sometimes," president Brian Willett added.

Moree Golf Club member and concerned local resident Cecilia Baker said they've made enquiries to Moree Plains Shire Council without success.

"We've gone to council, they sent someone down to do a spray, but it had no effect," she said.

The amount of weeds in the river has continued to grow

The amount of weeds in the river has continued to grow

Mr Willett said the course is one of the major tourist hot spots in Moree, attracting people from all across the region.

"We get people from Walgett, Collarenebri, Narrabri. They come to town and use the course," he said.

"They're spending their money here, it's good for the town. You need the place to be in a nice condition."

"We know we're in a terrible drought," Ms Baker added.

"It's not the water, it's just getting rid of all the rubbish in the river."

A Moree Plains Shire Council representative said "Local Government is not the appropriate regulatory authority for weeds, outlined under the Biosecurity Act 2015 on Crown land and within waterways".

The Moree Champion has attempted to contact Crown Lands about the issue but is yet to receive a comment.