APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON FOR WEED AND PEST MANAGEMENT FUNDING
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is reminding local landholders to apply for funding through the $3 million 2015-16 Pest and Weed Drought Funding program.
Mr Anderson said individuals, groups and organisations have until 4 April to apply for funding.
“The impact of drought on landholders and communities can be devastating. This program is designed to support farmers who are doing it tough by providing practical on-ground assistance as well as advice and support.
“Management of pest animals and weeds is crucial during drought. Pest animals compete with livestock and native animals for pasture and groundcover at a time when feed is in short supply, as well as preying on animals concentrated around fewer watering points.
“Drought also reduces the competitiveness of native vegetation, which provides opportunities for weeds to become established.
“The program would fund a range of activities and be offered on a dollar-for-dollar basis with land managers matching the government contribution.
“In previous years, initiatives have targeted wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs, feral goats, wild deer and feral cats. Land managers have undertaken activities including the establishment of pest control groups, coordinated ground baiting, trapping, aerial baiting and aerial culling programs.”
Applications close on 4 April 2016. To apply, download the application form at www.lls.nsw.gov.au