Western NSW landholders receive $3.7m boost to combat pest plants and animals

The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is supporting Western NSW landholders in the fight against pest animals and plants and unmanaged grazing pressure through a $3.7 million initiative which will also improve preparations for emergency animal disease outbreaks.

Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Western NSW Dugald Saunders said the Local Land Services program will support farmers to carry out important works such anew exclusion fencing and weed management.

"The Liberals and Nationals Government is continuing to stand alongside landholders in Western NSW to control pest animals and plants because we know they are an ever-present threat,” Mr Saunders said.

“This new Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program supports landholders to manage pests and biosecurity threats by offering incentives to construct exclusion zone fencing, implement best-practice grazing management and coordinated control of invasive species including feral pigs and wild dogs.

“These important on-ground works will allow landholders to increase their productivity, while also providing benefits to local environments as well as local communities and economies.”

The Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program is currently open for expressions of interest (EOI) from landholders in the Western Local Land Services region.

Landholders can receive funding assistance to undertake fencing works either individually on their property or as part of a collective on adjoining properties, while funding is also available to support pest weed and pest animal control activities.

“I’d encourage all landholders in the Western Region Local Land Services area to review the guidelines and, if they’re eligible, get an EOI in to participate in this project,” Mr Saunders said.

“This is a great opportunity to receive support to undertake important on-ground works which will have immediate and ongoing benefits.”

Landholders are encouraged to view guidelines at on their website prior to submitting an EOI, which can be done via an online form on the project webpage.

Local Land Services can be contacted via 1300 795 299 or via their website.

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