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fast growing weed covering australian town

Fast growing weed covering australian town

Thewlis and other residents who have posted publicly to the council page have been contacted over Facebook for comment.

A photo posted to Facebook by Jason Magee with the comment: ‘Today was a bad day to come home to this.’ Photograph: Facebook

Matt Thewlis‎ posted several images of his home covered in the grass to the council’s Facebook page: “Hope the person who owns the out-of-control paddocks in our area gets notified to do something because this is a joke and the whole estate is sick of it! … ask yourself this would you put up with this everyday?”

But authorities say they have limited powers to do anything about the problem.

A council spokesman told Guardian Australia there was not much that could be done “from an enforcement side of things, through local laws,” to control the tumbleweed’s spread, though it was investigating potential controls for next year. “The council has a very limited capacity to intervene, but we are attempting to work with residents and nearby farmers.”

Frustrated residents are forced to clear out the weeds for several hours every day, with piles of hairy panic at times reaching roof height.

A nearby farmer is being blamed for failing to tend to his paddock.

Extremely dry conditions mean the weeds pile up each day outside a row of homes at Wangaratta, in Victoria's northeast.

"It's physically draining and mentally more draining," resident Pam Twitchett told Prime7 News Albury.