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Whitsunday Regional Council has been successful in gaining funding through North Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management Group to undertake strategic Prickly Acaciamanagement activities through ‘Preventing the Advance of Prickly Acacia’ Project.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the total project cost is $20,000, of which, North Queensland DryTropics will provide $10,000 in monetary support and Whitsunday Regional Council andStrathmore Station will provide $10,000 of in-kind support.
“Prickly acacia is a declared Class 2 pest plant under Queensland legislation and a Weed ofNational Significance, which degrades soil, decreases pasture, threatens biodiversity andinterferes with mustering,” she said.
“The primary objective of the project is to maintain the Whitsunday Regional Council Prickly Acacia Containment Line and prevent the further spread of the species further south into important agricultural and environmental areas.
“Other objectives that the project will meet include confirming the extent of Prickly Acacia through the western region of the local government area, improving relationships with landholders and increasing landholder’s capacity to manage weed infestations on their land,” she said.
The proposed activities for this project include:
• mapping through on-ground surveys;• pest management planning with involved landholders;• mechanical and chemical control of Prickly Acacia; and• monitoring and follow up control by landholder and/or local government.
Weeds are among the most serious threats to Australia’s natural environment and primaryindustries and have the ability to significantly affect ecological communities, impact on theproductivity of the agricultural industry and can even impact upon community social values.
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