APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON FOR WEED AND PEST MANAGEMENT FUNDING

Thursday, 25 February 2016

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is reminding landholders in the region to apply for funding through the $3 million 2015-16 Pest and Weed Drought Funding program.

Mr Marshall said individuals, groups and organisations have until 4 April to apply for funding.

“The impact of drought on landholders and communities can be devastating. This program is designed to support farmers who are doing it tough by providing practical on-ground assistance as well as advice and support,” Mr Marshall said.

“Management of pest animals and weeds is crucial during drought. Pest animals compete with livestock and native animals for pasture and groundcover at a time when feed is in short supply, as well as preying on animals concentrated around fewer watering points.

“Drought also reduces the competitiveness of native vegetation, which provides opportunities for weeds to become established.”

The program will be administered by Local Land Services using funding through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

Mr Marshall said the program would fund a range of activities and be offered on a dollar-for-dollar basis, with land managers will match the government contribution.

“In previous years, initiatives have targeted wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs, unmanaged goats, wild deer and feral cats,” he said.

“Land managers have undertaken activities including the establishment of pest control groups, coordinated ground baiting, trapping, aerial baiting and aerial culling programs.”

Applications close on 4 April 2016. To apply, download the application form at www.lls.nsw.gov.au

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