$1 million combined approach targets pests

Target: The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board senior district officer Russell Norman is mapping the declared weed opuntia as part of pest control programs. Photo - supplied.
Target: The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board senior district officer Russell Norman is mapping the declared weed opuntia as part of pest control programs. Photo - supplied.

More than $1 million of funding has been allocated to the Karoonda East Murray and Southern Mallee councils to help them with high priority pest management.

Funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the project will identify priority areas across the two council regions and provide funding to deal with major pest and animal control, including the use of local contractors to implement the desired on-ground works.

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board will help the councils in the delivery of the funding with senior district officer Russell Norman given the task of overseeing the on-ground works.

MRLB chair Dianne Davidson said the 18-month project was designed to help landowners minimise the impact of pests on the natural environment, agricultural production and productivity.

"This project will support local drought-hit communities and landholders in their battle to control pest plant and animals, at a time when they are least able to do so," Ms Davidson said.

"The impacts of the dry conditions haven't gone away because we have received some rain, this project will provide some relief to landholders by taking on what can be an onerous and costly task of managing pest plant and animals, especially on roadsides."

The aims of the project are to deliver:

  • more than 2000 hours of weed control
  • management of 1000 rabbit warrens
  • fox and rabbit bait rebates for landholders to encourage baiting and to help reduce the cost of baiting
  • fund equipment that will be available for loan to landholders including rabbit ripper and oat bait layer
  • help coordinate landowner baiting to coincide with planned ripping activities
  • liaise with landowners in relation to potential work conducted on private property.

"Employing experienced contractors who live in the region is an important part of this project, they know the area and this will help to stimulate the local economy and support local employment," Ms Davidson said

- Details: For information or assistance with pest plant and animal issues contact the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board office on 8532 9100.