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More time to have your say on weeds management

Murray Local Land Services is extending the public consultation period for its draft weeds management plan until 29 March.

Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy, said the 11 Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans were designed to guide resource allocation and investment in each region to provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.

“We’ve extended the consultation period because we want the widest range of feedback possible,” he said.

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

“The cost of weeds to the agriculture industry in NSW is significant and we know the community wants greater coordination between government and landholders.”

Mr Corboy said the draft regional plans were a direct response to the Biosecurity Act 2015, which adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty.

“This means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk,” he said.

Mr Corboy added that the primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across NSW.

“For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions that apply across both public and private land,” he said.

“Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.”

The draft plans have been written in conjunction with Regional Weeds Committees, which were established under the Local Land Services Act 2013, and include members from major stakeholder groups.

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