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New weeds committees aim to improve weed management

Local Land Services will establish 11 Regional Weeds Committees in a bid to build on past work an enhance the effectiveness of weed management across NSW.

The regional committees will replace the 14 existing Weed Advisory Committees and are in response to the Natural Resource Commission's Weeds Review.

Acting Chair of the Board of Chairs, Alex Anthony said the change was largely designed to streamline the complex processes currently in place and to reduce duplications in planning, delivery and funding arrangements.

"The weeds review has provided an opportunity to deliver better outcomes on a landscape scale while allowing for focus on issues specific to particular regions," Mrs Anthony said.

"Most importantly, Local Land Services will not be taking on or replacing the role of local government or local control authorities in weed management.

"The new regional committees will include local control authorities, public and private landholders and community members.

"Although regional committees will involve a range of partners, we  workclosely with local government already, due to their major role in weed management.

"Their role in planning weed management activities and enforcing weed declarations will remain unchanged."

Establishing regional committees is a high priority for Local Land Services to support regional planning under the Biosecurity Act and to execute Weed Action Program funds.

During the Weeds Review, the Natural Resource Commission recommended that Local Land Services' responsibilities for weeds be defined as:

  • delivering regional strategic weed management plans
  • facilitating and coordinating regional strategic planning
  • assisting with education and community outreach programs.

"All 11 Local Land Services regions will start setting up their weed committees by the end of this year," Mrs Anthony said.

"This process will provide a closer focus on regional strategic weed management plans and will provide the basis for eradication and containment strategies at various scales."

A list of frequently asked questions on the NSW Weeds Reform process can be viewed at www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact:          Donna Ambler, 0400 258 690