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Partnership to combat weeds formalised

Central West Local Land Services, through its Regional Weeds Committee, has recently facilitated signing of a partnership agreement with Local Control Authorities across the region.

In a proactive approach to region-wide weed management, eight local authorities, including Bogan, Castlereagh Macquarie, Dubbo, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes and Weddin have solidified their commitment to weed eradication at a local level.

Central West Local Land Services Regional Weeds Coordinator, Jodie Lawler said the agreement was a major step forward in weed control.

“By entering into this agreement, future weed control programs are set to provide the region the best possible chance of pest plant eradication,” Jodie said.

The Central West Regional Weeds Committee was established in 2017 to look at ways to best manage existing and emerging weeds.

Since then, Jodie has met with Local Control Authority representatives across the Central West to discuss region-wide weed management, and ways to move forward together.

Central West Regional Weeds Committee Chair, Peter Shinton states that weeds are a major threat to our natural environment and that weed biosecurity is the responsibility of every person in the region.

“Effective weed management comes down to you,”

“Anyone who knows of a weeds issue needs to do whatever they can to eradicate or control the spread” Peter said.

As part of this collaborative approach, Local Control Authorities have committed to undertaking inspections of high risk pathways, roadsides, rail and waterways to inform control programs and minimise spread.

The ‘Weeds in the Central West’ handbook provides comprehensive information to assist with weed identification and control. This handy resource is available at Central West Local Land Services offices or by contacting Jodie Lawler on 0437 842 214.

To find out more about the approach to regional weeds management, download the Central West Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plan.

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Media contact: Fiona Townsend, Communications Officer, 0428 284 252