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Melbourne housing estate engulfed by ‘hairy weed invasion’

Voluminous tufts of dry grass dislodged by gale force winds have buried a housing estate beneath a torrent of tangled strands in Melbourne’s north-west.

Residents in a housing estate in Hillside, around 24 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, helplessly watched as Saturday afternoon’s gale force winds inundated their estate with the dry grass, a pheonmenon widely known as a “hairy weed invasion”.

A Melbourne housing estate engulfed by tumbleweeds.

A Melbourne housing estate engulfed by tumbleweeds.Credit:Nine News

One of the residents, Margaret Persico, said the grass was a “complete disaster” and a result of lax maintenance of empty paddocks that sit near her property.

“It’s definitely a hazard … there is no regular cutting of the grass,” she told Nine News.

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