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Budget helps war on weeds: 2002-2003 Budget.

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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

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AFFA02/5 Budget 14 May 2002


Budget helps war on weeds

“The Federal Government will spend $8.5 million in 2002-2003 to combat the spread of weeds in agricultural areas,” the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, said.

“The Government is committed to helping State, Territory, Local Governments and local bodies to bring the nation’s most damaging weeds under control and is continuing to help fund the national effort to control the Weeds of National Significance of most concern.

“This expenditure under the National Weeds Programme, provided in this years Budget, comes on top of the $3.6 million spent in 2001-2002 under the programme.

"Although responsibility for weed control rests with the State, Territory and Local Governments, the Coalition Government is committed to assisting,” Senator Macdonald said.

"Under the $20 million National Weeds Programme, the Federal and State Governments have identified 20 Weeds of National Significance and developed strategies to control them.

"Weeds cause Australia significant economic and environmental losses.  They reduce farm and forest productivity, displace native species and contribute significantly to land degradation.

"They are estimated to cost agriculture alone more than $3.3 billion a year.  However, the cost to the natural environment is much more difficult to quantify, but just as serious.

"The National Weeds Programme demonstrates what cooperation across State and Territory borders can achieve,” Senator Macdonald said.

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Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Fraser 0438 644 030 or (02) 6277 7270


  Last updated 14 May 2002

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