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North Coast Regional Weed Committee

North Coast Regional Weed Committee membersThe North Coast Regional Weed Committee has been established as part of a new approach to weed management across the North Coast.

Robyn Hordern, a previous Councillor on Ballina Shire Council and former Chair of the Far North Coast Weeds County Council and deputy chair of North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee is the inaugural Chair of the North Coast Regional Weed Committee

North Coast Regional Weed Committee Members are: Phillip Courtney, Reece Luxton and Thor Aaso, local control authorities; Dominic King, local government; Rod Ensbey, NSW Department of Primary Industries; Garry Dew and Des Boorman, central and northern rural landholders; Mark Graham, NSW Nature Conservation Council; Barry Powells, Landcare; Kath Robb, NSW Farmers; Shane Ivey, representing Aboriginal land managers; and representatives from the main public land managers – Lisa Wellman, Office of Environment and Heritage; Tom Newby, Forestry Corp; Brad Hartley, Roads and Maritime Services; Michael Hooper, John Holland Rail; and Andrew Petroeschevsky, Department of Industry-Lands and Forestry. There is a current vacancy in the southern rural landholder representative position.

The committee takes a cross tenure approach to the planning and coordination of weed management activities, which play an integral part in an overall state weed management framework.

The committee is one of 11 regional weeds committees - one in each Local Land Services region – established by the NSW Government following a major review of weed management during 2013.

The objectives of the committee are to prevent the establishment of new invasive species; eliminate, or prevent the spread of new invasive species; manage and reduce the impacts of widespread invasive species; ensure the North Coast has the ability and commitment to manage invasive species; and to promote awareness of invasive weed species within the community. Establishing regional committees is a high priority for Local Land Services to support regional planning under the Biosecurity Act.