Gippsland South The Nationals Agriculture Weeds Danny O'Brien

Urgent action needed on weeds

The Andrews Labor Government must take immediate action to enforce the law with respect to noxious weeds throughout Gippsland.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he had been contacted by a number of land holders throughout South Gippsland again frustrated at rampant weed growth on properties throughout the region.

Mr O’Brien said he has regularly raised the issue of weed eradication laws with the state government, but it is clearly not a problem the city-centric Labor Government wants to tackle.

“I’ve had contact from a number of people again, as I often do at this time of year, concerned about unmanaged weeds, particularly ragwort and blackberries and particularly in the South Gippsland Shire,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Most landholders do the right thing, but those farmers are angry and frustrated that some of their neighbours do not and that the government doesn’t enforce the law with respect to weed management.

“That’s why The Nationals, ahead of the last election, announced a $6.88 million Weeds and Pest Animals Taskforce which would have boosted the enforcement measures that are currently so lacking.

“We need the Andrews Labor Government to back an idea such as this and ensure that our farming land is protected.

“Weeds currently cost Australian farmers $4 billion each year through yield losses and product contamination and it’s a particular problem in parts of South Gippsland.

“I again call on the Andrews Labor Government to get out of the city and understand that this is a problem that needs to be addressed and recalcitrant land owners should be feeling the full force of the law."

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien in front of weed infested land in the Strzelecki Ranges.

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