War on weeds up­date

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CROP TEST­ING: Agron­o­mist Paul McIn­tosh checks weed num­bers in a patchy grain sorghum crop last sum­mer.

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