Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson recently announced $8 million in funding to bolster weed management across NSW.
“Weeds are a $1.2 billion problem for the State’s farmers and the funding will be directed to the Weeds Action Grants Program and broader research and development initiatives to control noxious weeds, improve agricultural productivity and protect the environment”. Ms Hodgkinson said.
Under the Weeds Action Program, the NSW Government is supporting the roll out of 13 regional weed management projects. Moving away from a localised and narrow approach, the revamped Weeds Action Program is delivering a more strategic and regionally-coordinated approach to weed management.
“The program is all about marrying up grant funds with the goals of the recently released NSW Invasive Species Plan (ISP) and the needs of our local farmers, the community and the environment.” Mr Brian McDonald, Project Coordinator for the Southern Councils group said.
“By collaborating and targeting our efforts we are able to have a region wide impact on problem weeds such as invasive aquatic weeds and other emerging weed pests.”
Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama will receive $105,000.00 of the allocation to assist in coordinating property inspections, undertake on ground control of new and emerging weed species such as Giant Parramatta grass, Alligator weed and Mysore Thorn, and implement education and extension activities with the community to combat weeds.
Kiama Councillor and Illawarra District Noxious Weeds Authority committee member, Councillor Lexie Wheeler said “The three Illawarra councils are already contributing $125,000 to give the Illawarra a combined $230,000 weed control program over the next 12 months. In addition, Councils work with other major land management authorities and owners, and will seek federal funding for Weeds of National Significance (WONS).”