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Weeds busted in Eden-Monaro.

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Press Release Ref: 1606 Published: 10/10/2005

Title: Weeds Busted in Eden-Monaro

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, is urging people living in Eden-Monaro to get behind Weedbuster Week this week (8 - 15 October) and “bust a weed”.

“Weeds are a significant cost to the economy and pose a great threat to the unique flora and fauna throughout Eden-Monaro and in Australia,” Mr Nairn said.

“Weedbuster Week is held in the second week of October each year and provides opportunities for all Australians to become involved in weed management, education and awareness projects.”

Mr Nairn hosted the Australian Conservation Minister Senator Ian Macdonald in his electorate last week when he spoke at Tilba Tilba on the New South Wales south coast and inspected the results of a successful containment campaign against lantana, one of Australia’s 20 Weeds of National Significance (WONS).

Lantana was first introduced as a garden ornamental in the 1840s, but now affects more than 4 million hectares along 3500 kilometres of Australia’s east coast and costs Australia more than $22 million annually in lost production and control.

“The Tilba area forms part of the southern containment zone in the Regional Weed Management Plan,” Mr Nairn said. “Outlying infestations are being controlled with support of landholders, Eurobodalla Shire Council and funding from the Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.”

Weedbuster Week began in 1997 and is supported by all Australian governments and the Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management. Hundreds of events are held

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by individuals, schools, community groups and local and state governments.

Senator Macdonald said that apart from their significant effects on our biodiversity, weeds cost Australian farmers about $4 billion a year in lost production and control. Ends…