This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Biological Control of Cat's Claw Creeper (2008 - )

Main proponent:     WCL
Cash funding:   Whitsunday Regional Council Biodiversity Levy
Other proponents:  
In kind funding:   Whitsunday Regional Council, Biosecurity Qld

Project outline:

A shadehouse, purchased with the grant, was installed by WCL volunteers and staff. This shadehouse will be used to house breeding colonies of the sap-sucking bug which had previously been introduced in south-east Qld and Mackay to combat Cat's Claw Creeper (CCC). CCC tubers were collected from the Proserpine River infestation sites and grown by WCL volunteers; food for the bugs. Populations can then be bred and released over time into the infestations along the Proserpine River to help protect our native vegetation in the long term.

Project achievements and outcomes:

  • Shadehouse constructed for housing Cat's Claw Creeper and sap sucking bug.
  • Sap sucking bug released along Proserpine River.

Cat's Claw Creeper smothering native vegetation along the Proserpine River. Photo: P. Alden