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Have your say on Weeds Management in Greater Sydney

Greater Sydney Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan.

Biosecurity and Emergency Services Manager Graham Wilson said the plan will guide resource allocation and investment and provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.

“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of weeds in our region and across the State,” Mr Wilson said.

“This is an important step in protecting our economy, environment and way of life from the impacts of weeds in our region and beyond.

“The plan is available at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/greatersydney and submissions can be made until 8 March.”

Regional Weed Committees have been established under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and are in operation around the State. Membership includes representatives from major stakeholder groups.

The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Greater Sydney Regional Weed Committee and Local Land Services. The plan contains established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty. It means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk. The draft plan is a direct response to this legislative reform.

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.

Copies of the regional plan, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website.

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Media Contact: Nikki McGrath 0448 953 755