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New weeds committees start holding meetings

Regional Weeds Committees will start holding meetings in some regions this month as part of the new approach to weed management across NSW.

Local Land Services is establishing 11 Regional Weed Committees in a bid to build on past work and enhance the effectiveness of weed management planning.

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 committees had already been formed in the Murray, Riverina and North Coast regions, while the remaining eight committees will be formed early in 2016.

The new approach 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 work closely 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.

The responsibilities of Local Land Services were defined under the review and include delivering regional strategic weed management plans, facilitating and coordinating regional strategic weed planning and assist with education and community outreach programs. 

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

Media contact: Donna Ambler, 0400 258 690