CLOSE to $11 million in funding has been offered to fight weeds in New South Wales.
Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson encouraged local government, Landcare, LHPAs, CMAs and other public authorities to apply for new weed innovation funding to help tackle problem weeds across NSW for the 2103-14 financial year.
She said last year's Weeds Action Program provided funding to 21 projects, both regional and statewide, to tackle invasive weeds.
"The new Weed Innovation Management fund is an additional $1.1 million for innovative ways of managing weeds through both individual projects and regional partnerships," she said.
"On top of this is a further $9.7 million for this year's Weeds Action Program, making the weeds package valued at $10.8 million.
"Substantial rains over recent years have seen weeds taking hold in many areas. Many seeds have travelled with floodwaters to new locations and we need to get on top of these problem weeds as quickly as possible.
"The new Weed Innovation Management fund is targeted at working together and delivering projects that help farmers and local communities tackle problem weeds.
"We are looking for innovative projects that will prevent and manage new weed incursions, contain existing weeds and build effective partnerships.
"Eligible projects may include innovative training, education, research and community awareness activities that address high priority weeds.
Submissions for the new weed innovation funding close on May 3, 2013. All projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2015. For further information and submission forms visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
See the list of funded projects here.
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