August 11, 2015

FUNDING TO TACKLE ROADSIDE WEEDS AND PESTS IN MOORABOOL

The Andrews Labor Government has allocated $70,716 to help Moorabool Shire Council tackle roadside weeds and pests.

State Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, announced the funding, part of $5.2 million, allocated for the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program in the 2015-16 state budget.

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenges faced by rural and regional councils across Victoria in controlling weeds and pests along our roadsides,” Mr Howard said.

“Moorabool Shire will receive $35,358 each year for the next two years to help meet these challenges.

“This funding will assist council to control roadside weeds and pests before they can spread to neighbouring land and impact on agricultural production and the environment.”

Changes made to the program this year have extended the list of eligible weeds that can be treated to include 85 additional ‘restricted weeds’.

Under the program, each eligible council receives a base amount of $5000 per year together with an allocation based on their proportion of Victoria’s rural road network.

All rural and interface councils that have responsibility for rural roads are eligible for funding under the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program.

For more information on the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program, contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning on (03) 9948 8514.