This Strategy was prepared after consultation with a wide range of stakeholders across the Murrumbidgee Catchment. It provides strategic direction for the management of weeds in the catchment and compliments the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority's Catchment Action Plan as it addresses a specific action in that document. It aims to provide a co ordinated weed management regime for the entire catchment.
The significant impact weeds have on the Murrumbidgee economy, environment and community has long been recognised. Until now a clear strategy providing a coordinated catchment wide approach to weed prioritisation and management has been absent.
The Murrumbidgee Regional Weed Strategy provides strategic guidance for weed management across the Murrumbidgee catchment and gives clear focus for community and government investment in addressing this issue.
The cost of weeds to Australian Agriculture now exceeds $4 billion per year with almost all the plants involved originating overseas. Of more than 28,000 plant species introduced into Australia over 2500 species have become naturalised. Of those species that have become invasive in recent decades, 65% originated from garden plantings.
The Strategy outlines the following:
Developing the Strategy
Implementing the Strategy
Other Relevant Information - Principle Implementing committees
The need to develop a catchment wide weed strategy was initiated by the Eastern & Western Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Groups. This strategy provides a comprehensive direction for weed management in the Murrumbidgee catchment, giving clear directions for community and government (state & Local) investment in weed management.
Land managers and others concerned with weed management in the Murrumbidgee catchment were consulted to establish outcomes. The agreed vision for the strategy is:
"Minimise the economic, environmental and social impacts of existing and new & emerging weeds in the Murrumbidgee catchment through co ordination, cooperation and commitment from weed managers and the community".
Stakeholders also determined:
- Current weed problems
- A system to rank weeds into priority groups
- Aims, objectives and actions for implementation
A copy of the Regional Weed Strategy is available by contacting Council's Noxious Weeds Officer - Mr Stephen Battenally on 03 58875007.
For more information about the Regional Weeds Strategy – Murrumbidgee Catchment, visit this link here.