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Have your say on weed management in the south east

South East Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft South East Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan.

South East Local Land Services General Manager Derek Larsen said the plan will guide resource allocation and investment in each 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 and across the State,” Mr Larsen said.

“The management of weeds in the South East is a complex and challenging situation which cannot be ignored. I believe that we can only win the fight against weeds through a tenure neutral approach working in partnership with private and public landholders.”

“The plan is available at open.lls.nsw.gov.au and submissions can be made online 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 South East Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been developed collaboratively with the South East Regional Weed Committee and South East 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 South East Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is a direct response to this legislative reform.

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 plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website.

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Media contact: Derek Larsen 0400 409 689, General Manager South East Local Land Services