In Parliament today, Member for Melton Don Nardella MLA highlighted the importance of funding roadside weed and pest management to the Melton community.
Mr Nardella raised the issue with Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins, asking for an update on how money under the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program was being used to tackle harmful weeds and pests, including the chilean needle grass and its impact on local pastures and native grasslands.
Under the recently allocated Roadside Weeds and Pests funding, Melton Council is set to receive $11,322 each year for the next two years, an increase from $10,612 in 2014-15.
The funding will be used to treat Melton’s roadsides for weeds including serrated tussock, artichoke, thistle, patterson curse, chilean needle grass and boxthorns.
Under the program, each eligible council receives a base amount of $5000 per year together with an allocation based on their proportion of Victoria’s rural road network.
This year, the Andrews Labor Government extended the list of eligible weeds that can be treated to include 85 additional “restricted weeds”, helping to prevent the spread of weeds and pests and limiting the impact on the farming sector and environment.
Member for Melton, Don Nardella said:
Tackling weeds and pests is key to limiting the impact on agricultural production and our local environment. This funding will help Melton Council in this important work.
Melton Council has received an increased amount of $11,322 each year for the next two years, and I look forward to the Minister’s update on how this is helping our local community.