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Projects to control invasive species get underway throughout the Western region

Western Local Land Services is pleased to announce 16 projects that will seek to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region have commenced following an expression of interest round at the end of last year.

The projects, which are a part of the Western Weed Management Program, will look to manage invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community.

African Boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals. 

Other invasive species that will be treated include Mesquite, boxing glove cactus and prickly pear cactus.

Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt is pleased with the level of interest in the program, and with on-ground works underway, will carry out a number of progress inspections over the coming months.

“These invasive species can really impact on a landholder’s productivity and on biodiversity so it is great to have an opportunity to carry out some control work,” Mr Dohnt said.

“The 16 landholders that are involved in this program are proactive land managers that we hope will achieve some great outcomes with regards to weed management.”

The projects will manage a combined area of 25,000 hectares in Ivanhoe, along the Lachlan River (Euabalong to Hillston), Brewarrina and Broken Hill.

Landholders looking for further information on this project, or weeds management throughout the Western region, can contact Mr Dohnt on 0455 901 258 or their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW.

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.