Land­hold­ers praised for ef­forts tack­ling cot­ton bush pest

South Western Times - - News -

HAR­VEY and Wa­roona land­hold­ers have been lauded for the ef­forts tack­ling cot­ton bush as the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounces fund­ing for biose­cu­rity groups.

A re­port from the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment found a rate of 93 per cent vol­un­tary com­pli­ance in cot­ton bush con­trol ef­forts by landown­ers in the Peel-Har­vey Biose­cu­rity Group’s re­gion dur­ing the 2017-18 pro­gram.

Group chair­man Vaughan Byrd said it re­lied on re­ports by lo­cal land­hold­ers of cot­ton bush in­fes­ta­tions to make sure the com­pli­ance ef­fort was ef­fec­tive.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see once en­gaged with, most land­hold­ers vol­un­tar­ily con­trol their cot­ton bush,” Mr Byrd said.

Land­hold­ers can re­port is­sues such as cot­ton bush in­fes­ta­tions by send­ing ac­cu­rate lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion to comms.phbg@gmail.com.

On Mon­day, Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan an­nounced $2.48 mil­lion would be al­lo­cated to the 12 biose­cu­rity groups, in­clud­ing Peel-Har­vey, to match money raised through ap­proved de­clared pest rates for 2018-19.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Poco Loco Cafe barista Jess King bags the eco-friendly op­tions al­ready avail­able at the Cen­tre­point Shop­ping Cen­tre store.

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