-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
23 May 2019
Wrestling With Weeds
Weed management is an integral part of sustainable agriculture, sound environmental management and the maintenance of biosecurity that underpins our rural industries.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC), undertakes a strict weed management regime, to ensure the region is protected from the negative impact of weeds and thereby strengthening the sustainability of the natural environment, primary industries and local communities in the region.
Council is required under the Biosecurity Act 2105 to control and eradicate noxious weeds on Council owned land (roadside spray included). Privately owned land including landowners and lessees and Crown land on behalf of the State Government.
Across the CGRC region weed control is carried out for a number of reasons. Weeds of varying varieties have the ability to crowd out or restrict light to more desirable plants, draw nutrients from the soil, encourage pests and diseases that can degrade crop and stock quality. Some weeds can severely damage paths and walkways which could become hazardous to those walking on them and, if left unchecked, are very expensive to repair.
Weed control is the botanical component of pest control, which attempts to stop weeds, especially noxious or injurious weeds, from competing with desired flora and fauna, this includes domesticated plants and livestock, and in natural settings, it includes stopping non local species competing with native, local, species, especially so in reserves and heritage areas.
CGRC Weed Spraying Officers will be conducting Weed Spraying across the region from June to December 2019. This spraying program will be in Cootamundra, Gundagai and all villages and will encompass streets, laneways, road sides, culverts and various other public spaces across the region.
CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister said weed spraying is vitally important ensure biosecurity across the region is maintained.
“I urge all residents respect the role our Weed Spraying Officers carry out, report noxious weeds and understand that these officers are helping protect our environment from the devastating effect some weeds can cause,” Cr McAlister said.
For more information on weed spraying please visit CGRC website and follow the link https://www.cgrc.nsw.gov.au/your-services/noxious-weeds/.
Photo and caption:
CGRC Weeds Officers James Elliott and Tim Last, prepare to undertake noxious weed spraying across the Region.