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Have your say on weeds management in Murray

Murray Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Murray Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan.

Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy, said the plan will guide resource allocation and investment in each region and provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.

“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of weeds in our region and across the state,” he said.

“Here in the Murray region we have a range of landscapes, from alpine slopes to riverine floodplains, and weeds have an impact across the board, whether it be agriculturally, environmentally or simply in terms of public amenity.

“The plan is available at open.lls.nsw.gov.au and submissions can be made online until 8 March.”

Murray Local Land Services is also inviting people to attend one of four information sessions in the region next week, as follows:

  • Tumbarumba – Tuesday 14 February, 10am, Tumbarumba Bowling Club, 47 Winton St.
  • Albury – Tuesday 14 February, 2.30pm, Albury City Council, 553 Kiewa St.
  • Berrigan – Thursday 16 February, 10am, Berrigan Shire Council, 56 Chanter St.
  • Deniliquin – Thursday 16 February, 2pm, Deniliquin RSL Club, 72 End St.

Regional Weed Committees have been established under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and are in operation around the state. Membership includes representatives from major stakeholder groups.

The draft MurrayRegional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the Murray Regional Weed Committee and Murray Local Land Services. The plan contains established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty. It means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk. The draft Murray Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is a direct response to this legislative reform.

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the state. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions that apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.

Copies of the regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website (open.lls.nsw.gov.au).

Media contact: Matt Lane, 02 6051 2252, 0427 459 755, matt.g.lane@lls.nsw.gov.au