Mansfield Courier

Boost to roadside pest and weed control

Mansfield set to receive $26,344

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LAST week Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas announced a further $11.5 million in funding over the next four years for the Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program, providing greater protection­s for agricultur­e, farms and the environmen­t.

This year, 56 councils will receive between $5000 and $75,000 to manage invasive plants and pests along municipal rural roadsides, with the program to be revised annually, with Mansfield set to receive $26,344.

“Weeds and pests along rural roadsides have the potential to wreak havoc on native plant species - the control program will help councils tackle this really important work in coming months,” said Ms Thomas.

“Roadside weeds and pests can cost our farmers millions of dollars each year, so it’s an investment in prevention that pays massive dividends across the state.”

Rural roadsides can provide a breeding ground for harmful weeds and pests, and this funding allows councils to implement control measures that prevent their spread.

Species targeted include rabbits, foxes, boxthorn, blackberry, briar rose, silver leaf nightshade, olive, wild cherry and khaki weed.

Weeds like serrated tussock and blackberri­es cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year as they have the potential to spread very quickly resulting in serious negative impacts on agricultur­al production, as well as contribute to the spread of fires.

Recent drought has accelerate­d the presence and spread of new and emerging weeds that can threaten native biodiversi­ty.

Local Government Victoria and Agricultur­e Victoria work closely with local councils in ensuring plans to tackle weeds and pests are tailored to their local area and appropriat­e funding is allocated to fulfil each strategy.

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OUTTA CONTROL: Species targeted include rabbits, foxes, boxthorn, blackberry, briar rose, silver leaf nightshade, olive, wild cherry and khaki weed.

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