Paterson's curse control

08 November 2016

8 November 2016

Ms RYAN (Euroa) — On Friday night I attended a celebration marking 30 years of Landcare and natural resource management in the Goulburn Broken catchment in Euroa. The evening was a great celebration of the 12 networks, 96 groups and 6905 Landcare members across the region. A number of people raised concerns about the infestation of Paterson's curse across the Strathbogie Ranges this year. Landholders in the Sheans Creek and Balmattum area have undertaken an aerial spraying program, but it comes at significant cost. I urge the Andrews government to increase funding to assist Landcare groups to control this infestation, which is a risk to the region's productivity. The government is also failing to undertake adequate enforcement activity. It needs to start issuing penalty infringement notices to ensure landholders fulfil their obligations in controlling weeds like Paterson's curse.

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