Weed pests test funds

PAPERWORK may often be a pest, but even pest control and management operations need their formal side, it appeared in Gympie Regional Council this week.

As residents see noxious parthenium outbreaks apparently out of control in many parts of the region, planning to deal with the growing emergency of pest weeds and animals has become a more urgent state and council priority.

The council yesterday endorsed a redrafted Pest Management Plan to take the region through to 2015, a bureaucratic necessity if the council is to obtain much needed State Government money to help deal with its pest problems.

This week's council meeting was told that while state legislation put a heavy responsibility on the council to control pests, it was still a matter of what the council could afford to do.

Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett, whose Kilkivan-based division is particularly affected by parthenium, has previously pointed out that much of the problem is from outbreaks following on from the Wide Bay Creek flood, which washed millions of noxious seeds out of state-government controlled land, where weed control has been consistently lacking.

"There are a lot of pests mentioned in (the plan)," he told fellow councillors this week.

"But it is still up to the priorities of the council in respect of what we can afford to do.

"The Act requires these pests to be dealt with by the council, but the council needs funding," he said.

Gympie Times


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