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Federal Government to continue fight against weeds.

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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/68M 24 May 2002


Federal Government to continue fight against weeds

The Federal Government will continue the fight against weeds that are threatening the environment and our agricultural production, Senator Ian Macdonald, Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation, said today.

Speaking after an inspection of weed infestation sites in the Burdekin region and near Charters Towers, Senator Macdonald praised the work of research bodies fighting the spread of weeds in agricultural areas and throughout bushland.

“The Federal Government will support this work by spending $8.5 million in 2002-03 under the National Weeds Program. This is on top of the $3.6 million that we spent in 2001-02,” Senator Macdonald said.

“While State and local authorities have responsibility for land management, the Commonwealth will assist through the National Weeds Program or where weed control forms part of a larger project such as an integrated landcare or regional natural resource initiative. We have identified 20 Weeds of National Significance (WONS) and strategies to control them.”

Senator Macdonald paid tribute to the work of the CRC for Australian Weed Management, which the Federal Government helps fund through the national CRC Program.

“The CRC is building on ground-breaking work to combat the spread of rubber vine, one of the weeds identified under the WONS program, in north Queensland.

“On a national basis, the CRC’s projects tackle weeds of agricultural systems and the natural environment through detection, response, biocontrol, community education and best practice land management. Weeds cause significant damage to our environment as well as harming our agricultural industries. In fact, weeds are estimated to cost agriculture alone more than $3.3 billion a year.

“Under the National Weeds Program the Federal Government will continue to play its part in this important task.”

Senator Macdonald was accompanied on his visit by Assoc

Professor Rick Roush (CEO of the CRC for Australian Weed Management), Dr Tony Grice (Townsville-based CSIRO scientist heading the CRC’s Landscape Management Program) and Dr Shane Campbell (Charters Towers based Department of Natural Resources and Mines scientist, also with the CRC).

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Kelli Gulberti (02) 6277 7270 or 0407 274 146


  Last updated 24 May 2002

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