Hillary Cherry is a Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) Coordinator, working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and WoNS partners across Australia. The WoNS program works to ensure consistent, strategic management of weeds from the national to the local level, using icon species to raise awareness of weed issues, encourage weed research and improve and implement best practice management. Hillary currently coordinates the bitou bush and boneseed and asparagus weeds WoNS programs. She is originally from Florida, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Botany from the University of Florida. She served as a director on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) board and founded the FLEPPC Education Committee. She worked with the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants on terrestrial weed research, applied management and weed risk assessment before moving to Australia in 2002. She has been a member of the NSW Weeds Society since 2003.
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Kim is the current President of the Weed Society of New South Wales and is a key player within the Hunter Central Coast Weeds committees. Kim has a background in horticulture and has been working at Lake Macquarie City Council for the last 15 years with the last 10 years as the Vegetation & Pest Management Coordinator dealing mainly with noxious weeds. She has extensive experience in weed management at both local government and regional levels. Her focus is bio-control programs including alligator weed flea beetle, bridal creeper leaf hopper and rust, Madeira vine beetle, salvinia weevil and water hyacinth weevil introductions. Kim is undertaking a degree in Environmental Science with a double major in Natural Resource Management and Coastal Management. As part of this degree she is researching Nigrospora crown rot of giant Parramatta grass and whether it will establish and spread within the region of the Hunter Valley that is outside its known establish areas.
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