NORTH WEST WRESTLES PROBLEM WEEDS WITH $11 MILLON FUNDING BOOST
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced more than $648,246 will be invested to tackle weeds across the North West, as part of the NSW Weeds Action Program.
The NSW Weeds Action Program (WAP) is the NSW Government’s mechanism for providing weed funding to deliver actions from the NSW Invasive Species Plan.
Mr Anderson said the funding is part of more than $11 million allocated across NSW to fund regional weed projects in 2015-16.
“Noxious weeds cost farmers in our region productivity and profitability by taking soil moisture and requiring extensive measures to control their spread,” Mr Anderson said.
“This funding will arm our councils and the Local Land Services Regional Committees in the North West with the resources needed to combat local weeds in our communities.
“The Weeds Action Program funding is used to support compliance, awareness and surveillance functions across NSW – largely delivered by Local Government, under a new planning framework provided by the regional Local Land Services.
“While it is too late to eradicate many widespread weeds, there are still gains to be made through good regional coordination,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Other NSW Government reforms underway to address the NSW Weed Review include:
- Introducing new contemporary Biosecurity legislation
- Implementation of a ‘Cloud based’ NSW Biosecurity Information System
- Formation of 11 Local Land Services Regional Weeds Committees
- Reinvigoration of NSW’s research capacity
- Delivering hand held mobile technology and aps for weed management.