Have your say on weed management on the North Coast
08 February 2017
North Coast Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan released today.
Mr Royce Bennett, Manager Land Services with North Coast Local Land Services, said the plan would guide resource allocation and investment in the region and will provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.
“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of weeds in our region,”Royce said.
“The plan is available online at North Coast Open and submissions can be made until 8 March.”
Regional Weed Committees have been established under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and are in operation around the State. Membership includes representatives from major stakeholder groups.
The draft North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the North Coast Regional Weed Committee and North Coast Local Land Services.
The plan contains established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.
The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty. It means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk.
The draft North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is a direct response to this legislative reform.
“Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan supports the development of a strong biosecurity-aware culture," Royce said.
“The plan supports a weed management culture that will enable the North Coast community and industries to respond to future weed biosecurity challenges and guides the community in effective management of weeds and how to meet their statutory obligations.
“It sets the vision for weed management on the North Coast for the five years from 2017, and outlines strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management.”
The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.
Copies of the Regional Plan and feedback forms are available at North Coast Open.
Royce Bennett, Manager Land Services, 0428 481 907
Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan supports the development of a strong biosecurity-aware culture