War on weeds update
A SET of 11 regional strategic weed management plans have been launched as a move to safeguard New South Wales against the threat of weeds.
Local Land Services acting chair Richard Bull said the impact of weeds on Australian agriculture was estimated to be $2.5 billion in lost production. A further
$1.8 billion was lost in control activities every year.
“These plans set the vision for weed management across the Local Land Services regions for 2017-22 and outline strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation,” Mr Bull said.
“The plans were developed using a tenure neutral approach to weed management by 11 regional weed committees to support implementation of the weeds components of the Biosecurity Act 2015.
“The regional weed committees comprised government agencies, local control authorities, public and private landholders and community members.
“This process drew on the experience and knowledge of people involved with existing local control authorities,” he said.
Mr Bull said the plans would guide resource allocation and investment in each of the 11 Local Land Services regions and would provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.
“Strategic and co-ordinated regional weed management is critical to building the sustainability of the primary industries, natural environments and local communities throughout the state.
“The plans contain established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.”
The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty .
This means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk.
Mr Bull said the 11 regional strategic weed management plans were a direct response to this legislative reform.
“The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the state,” he said.
“For the first time in NSW, there are a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land.
“Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.”
To find out more about weed management in NSW and download a copy of your regional plan visit: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/ biosecurity/weed-control /nsw-weed-reforms.
CROP TESTING: Agronomist Paul McIntosh checks weed numbers in a patchy grain sorghum crop last summer.