A GROUP of tourists were feeling flat about their trip to Echuca-Moama after several received tyre punctures from bindiis on local cycling tracks.
Twenty members of the Probus Club of Torquay Zeally said they would not be returning to the region because of their bad experience.
Club member Graham Locke said it was a black mark on an otherwise enjoyable trip.
“The facilities and other attractions in the area were fantastic, but the bike track was awful,” he said.
“I called council to report the issue and they said they would look into it. It’s a real problem and something needs to be done about it.
“Our members are out of pocket for repairs. It’s disappointing the trip was tainted by this.
“It’s pure neglect to have bindiis growing on tracks and everywhere on the side. We’re not coming back because we shouldn’t have to put up with that.”
A spokesperson for Murray River Council said regular inspections and spraying of both the walking and cycling path networks were conducted.
“Bindiis are a common summer weed that grow in all areas, particularly where water run-off accumulates,” the spokesperson said.
“With the early summer rainfall and now extended dry period during late summer, bindiis have perfect conditions to germinate and grow, particularly in areas that have minimal ground cover.
“Bindii is not a priority weed in NSW, however council understands the impact they have in the community and urban areas, particularly along the edges of pathways.
“Council prides itself on the maintenance and presentation of our recreation spaces, which has been supported by positive feedback from the community during recent surveys.
“Weeds are a shared responsibility between all stakeholders and council relies heavily on the public to inform them of large infestations so that control measures can be put in place to help reduce the impact of weeds.”