Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tackling roadside weeds and pests

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The prevention of spread of invasive plants and animals across the Moira Shire has been helped with $75,000 funding thanks to the Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP welcomed the $75,000 funding with Moira Shire Council one of the eligible councils across regional and rural Victoria responsibl­e for managing almost 100,000 kilometres of rural roadsides.

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.

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenge that weeds and pests pose to rural and regional communitie­s, and I’m proud that Moira Shire Council is being supported in delivering effective and tailored strategies for our region,” Mr Gepp said.

“With Spring now here, the Roadside Weeds and Pest Control Program will enable Moira Shire Council to take prompt and targeted action along approximat­ely 3,370 kilometres of roads to protect our farmers, parkland and forests.”

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.

Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas said: “Weeds and pests along rural roadsides have the potential to wreak havoc on native plant species and we’re proud to be supporting councils to tackle these invasive species during Spring.

“This funding will boost the capacity of Victorian councils to control roadside weeds pest that can cost our farmers millions of dollars per year, which is especially vital as the Victorian economy recovers from the impacts of coronaviru­s.”

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.

To find out more about the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program visit: www.localgover­nment.vic.gov.au/funding-programs/roadsidewe­eds-and-pest-management

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