The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for regional and rural councils to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals across Victoria.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has welcomed the $11,713 for Wyndham City Council from Local Government Victoria’s Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program.

Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas announced this year’s funding for Wyndham as part of the $11.5 million allocated over the next four years to prevent the spread of invasive weeds and pests on rural roadsides.

Wyndham City Council is one of the eligible councils across regional and rural Victoria responsible for managing almost 100,000 kilometres of rural roadsides.

Rural roadsides can provide a breeding ground for harmful weeds and pests and this funding allows councils to implement control measures that prevent their spread.

Weeds like serrated tussock and blackberries cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year as they have the potential to spread very quickly resulting in serious negative impacts on agricultural production, as well as contribute to the spread of fires.

Recent drought has accelerated the presence and spread of new and emerging weeds that can threaten native biodiversity.

Local Government Victoria and Agriculture Victoria work closely with local councils in ensuring plans to tackle weeds and pests are tailored to their local area and appropriate funding is allocated to fulfil each strategy.

To find out more about the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/funding-programs/roadside-weeds-and-pest-management.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas

“Weeds and pests along rural roadsides have the potential to wreak havoc on native plant species and we’re proud to be supporting councils to tackle these invasive species during Spring.”

“This funding will boost the capacity of Victorian councils to control roadside weeds pest that can cost our farmers millions of dollars per year, which is especially vital as the Victorian economy recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenge that weeds and pests pose to rural and regional communities, and I’m proud that Wyndham City Council are being supported in delivering effective and tailored strategies for our region.”

“With Spring fast approaching, the Roadside Weeds and Pest Control Program will enable Wyndham City Council to take prompt and targeted action to protect our farmers, parkland and forests.”