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Opportunity for landholders to receive funding to carry out weed control

Dennis Stewart and African boxthorn. Image courtesy of Western Local Land Services
Dennis Stewart and African boxthorn. Image courtesy of Western Local Land Services

Western Local Land Services is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from landholders that wish to receive funding to assist them implement control measures for invasive species.

The funding, which is available through the Western Weed Management Program, seeks to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region through control measures for invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community.

African Boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals.

Some of the costs that could be used through the funding are:

  • labour – including landholders’ labour or that of their employees
  • contractor – includes labour, plant or equipment
  • fuel – for machinery required for control works or diesel to mix with chemical
  • other – includes chemicals and products that align with a best practice, integrated control program.

Western Local Land Services Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt is anticipating strong interest from landholders regarding this opportunity.

“Having weeds such as African Boxthorn and Mesquite on your property can really impact on biodiversity and your productivity so it is great we can partner up with landholders to assist them to manage these and other invasive species,” Mr Dohnt said.

EOIs are due by Friday, 23 November 2018 with all the relevant information, including the eligibility guidelines.

For further information contact your nearest Western Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or Mr Dohnt on (02) 6836 1575.

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW.

Source: Western Local Land Services

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