Approach to weeds welcome

NSW Farmers has welcomed the NSW Government’s response to implement a number of changes to the way weeds are managed in NSW.

The recommendations made by the Natural Resources Commission of NSW were mostly accepted by the Department of Primary Industries.

NSW Farmers Conservation and Resource Management Committee chair Mitchell Clapham said farmers had been pushing for substantial change to weed management in NSW.

This included  moving to a tenure neutral approach and a consistent, strategic application of control measures across the NSW landscape.

Mr Clapham said: “One of the most significant contributors to the growing weed problem in NSW is the inconsistent approach to weed management across public and private land. We currently have a system where farmers have legal obligations to eradicate certain weeds and adjoining publically held land is often held to a different standard. 
“Farmers’ extensive weed eradication efforts are severely hampered by their public land manager neighbours as weeds easily spread across the fence. Weeds do not respect property boundaries and so like many issues across the landscape, we need collaboration and consistency.
“Landholders across NSW will be relieved to see that obligations will now be consistent. We believe this will assist in reducing the cost burden to farmers.
“The new framework will also be more localised – meaning coordinated regional planning and local delivery, with appropriate state wide consistency.

“These plans needs to be strategic and they need to be appropriately resourced. We look forward to working with government to tease out the detail and see some change on the ground,” Mr Clapham concluded.


4 September 2014 

Contact: Adair Moir

Phone: 1300 794 000

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