WEED BUSTING: A Far North Coast Weeds employee controlling Tropical Soda Apple at the Casino Saleyards
WEED BUSTING: A Far North Coast Weeds employee controlling Tropical Soda Apple at the Casino Saleyards

Weed out some govt help

MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson is encouraging local government, Landcare, LHPAs, CMAs and other public authorities to apply for new weed innovation funding to help tackle problem weeds across NSW in the 2103/14 financial year.

This year's Weeds Action Program holds an additional $1.1 million for innovative ways of weed management, she said.

The new Weed Innovation Management fund is targeted at working together and delivering projects that help farmers and local communities tackle problem weeds, with a special focus this time on innovative projects tackling weed problems.

"Rural people are some of our greatest innovators and I am confident this additional new funding grant will uncover novel ways to tackle some of NSW's most challenging weed issues," Ms Hodgkinson said.

Manager of Weed Services at Far North Coast Weeds Jim Willmott said he was pleased about the funding program.

"Any money for invasive species management (the better)," he said.

He said the importance of programs and awareness of invasive species in our region and beyond could not be underestimated.

He said, on that note, they would love to expand the Look, Learn, Act campaign, because of its success in informing people about weeds in the Northern Rivers region.

"That's worked very well here," Mr Willmot said.

"It's increasing people's understanding.

"We'd like to see that initiative roll out across the state."

The North Coast Invasive Species Seminar, to be held at Lismore showground from 9am-3.30pm on May 10, is an opportunity for locals to get up to speed with the latest technologies and strategies used in the fight against invasive species - both weeds and vertebrate pests.

Wild dog control, feral pests, neighbours' trees and weeds species, cane toads and animal health will be discussed by representatives from government, industry and agricultural bodies.

Managing Weeds

To RSVP for the North Coast Invasive Species Seminar, phone 6623 3847

Submissions for the new weed innovation funding close May 3. For further information and submission forms visit dpi.nsw.gov.au.



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