Getting rid of weeds in bushfire areas

After the 2019-20 bushfires, North Coast Local Land Services is working hard to help land managers get back on their feet by helping with weed control.

“With the bushfires leaving large areas of native vegetation burnt, weeds have had even more opportunity to take hold and spread. Helping landholders to manage these weeds has been a high priority for us,” North Coast Local Land Services general manager Louise Orr said.

“Since late last year, we have been working with councils and Landcare Networks to deliver on-ground weed control on almost 1000 properties. Properties were selected through competitive grant rounds and then targeted based on their proximity to the fire scar and risk of spreading priority weeds into high-risk pathways,” Ms Orr said.

The government’s Bushfire Stimulus program of $2.2 million funding has supported over 70 casual and part-time jobs in weed control activities.

On ground weed control projects have been delivered across an estimated area of 6,000 hectares in 10 local government areas.

The North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 outlines the priority weeds and their management requirements in the North Coast region and is supported by the recently published Weeds of the North Coast of NSW- A guide to identification and control.

If you would like further information on Regional Weed Programs, contact the Regional Weeds coordinator Brendan O’Brien on 0429 815 135.

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