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Have Your Say on Weeds Management in the Central Tablelands

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Have Your Say on Weeds Management in the Central Tablelands

Mick Callan

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

Central Tablelands Local Land Services Acting Chair Ian Rogan said the plan will guide resource allocation and investment in each region and will 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,” Mr Rogan said.

“The local councils, NSW Farmers and government authorities have contributed to the draft Plan. We know that our community is very concerned about both new and established weeds so this is an opportunity to have a say,” Mr Rogan said.

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

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 Central Tablelands Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the Central Tablelands Regional Weed Committee and Central Tablelands 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 Central Tablelands 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 which 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, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website.