GEORGE WELCOMES NEW FUNDING FOR WEED CONTROL
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George has today welcomed a boost in funding for noxious weed control from the NSW Government in the Northern Rivers.
“The Northern Inland Weeds Advisory Committee and the NSW North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee has received funding of $2,103,148 this financial year, as part of the NSW Government’s $11.3 million funding allocation for the 2014-15 Weeds Action Program (WAP),” Mr George said.
“This important funding will help our local weeds authority to identify and control new weeds early and increase community involvement in weed management.
“The WAP funding demonstrates the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the management of invasive weed species.”
Landholders as well as the wider community will benefit from the WAP funding.
“Weeds are a major problem for agriculture in NSW, costing the farming sector around $1.8 billion a year in control and lost production,” Mr George said.
“They threaten the survival of endangered plants and animals and impact on the State’s environmental sustainability.
“The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government’s investment in these weed control measures has been estimated to give a 10-fold economic benefit to the State.”
The NSW Weeds Action Program has two project components – a regional program to help local weed control authorities and other stakeholders target weeds at a regional level; and a State-wide component which helps to prevent new weeds entering and spreading in NSW as well as building the capacity in the community to manage weeds.
Further information on the NSW Weeds Action Program project funding is available on the NSW Department of Primary Industry’s website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/pests-weeds/weeds/legislation.