Landholders curse outbreak of weeds
14 November 2016
Monday 14 November 2016
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Labor Government to increase funding to local Landcare groups to help deal with an outbreak of weeds.
Ms Ryan said the government was failing to meet its target for weed enforcement activities and after the recent wet it was vital that more funding was directed towards weed control.
“Departmental resources have been diverted away from weed control,” Ms Ryan said.
“Labor was supposed to inspect 3800 properties for weeds last year but instead diverted resources elsewhere resulting in only 2300 being inspected.
“While it is important that landholders are aware of their obligations to manage pest plants and animals, government should be lending a hand by assisting our local Landcare groups.”
Ms Ryan said the current outbreak of noxious weeds such as Patterson’s curse was a huge cost to farmers.
“The outbreak of Patterson’s curse that we’re currently seeing, particularly through the Strathbogie Ranges will dramatically impact on the region’s productivity if it is not properly controlled,” Ms Ryan said.
“Australia wide Patterson’s curse is estimated to cost sheep and cattle producers $250 million a year through a loss of grazing land, control costs and wool contamination.
“I commend the work of local Landcare groups who are doing what they can to manage the outbreak of weeds.
“The government must act to support this work and provide more funding and resources for the control of damaging weeds.”