Funding to stamp out weed

Funding to stamp out weed

Caption:Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce announces the $6.2 million biocontrol project in Gladstone.

Gladstone Regional Council has contributed $10,000 towards a biocontrol project aimed at stamping out weeds affecting Australian agricultural land.

The $6.2 million Federal Government project, led by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), will help target 10 pest weed species that collectively cost the Australia agricultural sector more than $400 million each year.

RIRDC will work collaboratively with more than 20 partnering organisations, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), to manage the impact of pest weeds across Australia.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce made the project announcement in Gladstone on Apr 14.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the project would target giant rats tail grass, prickly acacia, mother-of-millions, fleabane, sowthistle, silverleaf nightshade, African boxthorn, ox-eye daisy, cabomba, and sagittaria.

“Despite the large project scope, Council’s contribution was to specifically target control measures for giant rat’s tail weed as this is a locally-based issue,” Councillor Burnett said.

“Weeds such as giant rat’s tail grass cause widespread damage across the Gladstone Region every year, costing local landholders hundreds of thousands of dollars in productivity loss.

“This new research project, conducted by experts from Australian and international agencies, will help local farmers, graziers and landholders get ahead in the battle against pest weeds.”

For more information on the research project visit www.agriculture.gov.au/rd4profit