Port Macquarie To Benefit From Weeds Funding
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has today welcomed the Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson’s announcement that two projects in our local area will benefit from more than $11 million in ongoing noxious weeds funding.
The Port Macquarie region will benefit from more than $500,000 funding, including:
a Mid North Coast Weeds Co-ordinating Committee program focused on building capacity for State weed biological control, worth $49,920; and the Mid North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee Strategic Invasive Weeds Plan 2010-15, worth $452,026.
“This is great news for the battle against weeds in the Port Macquarie region,” Mrs Williams said.
“The NSW Government is committed to continue to wage a war against weeds and it is investing more funding into weed management than ever before.
“A range of innovative weeds projects throughout the Port Macquarie region will receive a substantial amount of funding.
“Weeds cost our farmers about $1.2 billion a year in control and lost production, so this funding will greatly benefit our local farmers and land managers.”
Mrs Williams said almost 200,000 kilometres of weed pathways – covering an area of 800,000 hectares – have been inspected for new invasive weeds as part of the State Government’s Weed Action Program.
“The Weeds Action Program has also developed and implemented early detection capabilities, inspecting over 60,000 suspected new weed incursions and identified more than 6000 high-priority sites for the management of widespread weeds,” she said.
“The Department of Primary Industries and other partners will lead a range of State-wide projects totalling more than $1.5 million.
“The Weeds Action Program has also developed and implemented early detection capabilities, inspecting over 60,000 suspected new weed incursions and identified more than 6,000 high priority sites for the management of widespread weeds,” Mrs Williams said.
Posted on 12 Tue, November, 2013
by Leslie Williams