Lock­yer her­bi­cide pro­gram

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

FOR MANY prop­erty own­ers, pests are grow­ing on their land just as fast as they can kill them.

Hav­ing the right equip­ment to ef­fec­tively man­age toxic weeds and other pests is far from cheap, but Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil is of­fer­ing a help­ing hand to make it more achiev­able.

The coun­cil is loan­ing out spray equip­ment, along­side a sub­sidised her­bi­cide pro­gram, in an ef­fort to as­sist lo­cal landown­ers.

Se­nior pest man­age­ment of­fi­cer Henri Blanco said the trail­ers, cus­tom built in the coun­cil’s Gat­ton work­shop, were ini­tially used in the wake of the 2011 and 2013 floods to help peo­ple get back on their feet.

The coun­cil was now ramp­ing up ef­forts to com­bat pests by of­fer­ing them out to the wider com­mu­nity.

“To get the equip­ment that we’re loan­ing out to them for noth­ing, you would be look­ing at some­thing in the vicin­ity of $10,000 to $15,000 to buy that your­self,” Mr Blanco said.

“We’ve cou­pled that with a sub­sidised her­bi­cide pro­gram where they get 50% off a par­tic­u­lar prod­uct – that as­sists them to be able to make it more af­ford­able.”

To book the equip­ment, phone 1300 005 872.

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