Aerial weed spraying program ready to get underway

Aerial spraying of weeds in the Upper Macquarie County Council local control area will start in the last week of February but it is not too late for some landholders to sign up to the program.

The Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) is the local control authority for weeds biosecurity threats in the Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney and Oberon Shire councils and the Lithgow City Council areas.

“Upper Macquarie County Council undertakes two aerial spraying campaigns each year in Autumn and Spring 2017 targeting blackberry and serrated tussock” said Upper Macquarie County Council Chairman Cr Ian North. “These programs have been successful and very beneficial for the landholders of the region.”

“Weeds such as blackberry and serrated tussock are a major threat to our natural environment and threaten the survival of hundreds of native plants and animals in NSW alone. They also impact on agricultural production, the price of food, human health through allergies and asthma, recreational activities and the economy” said Councillor North.

“Serrated tussock is a dreadful weed as it spreads quickly and can cause significant losses in production capabilities on properties. For these reasons it is considered to be one of the worst weeds for farmers.”

“Blackberry is a weed of national significance and is highly invasive. The weed reduces pasture production, restricts access to water and land and can provide food and shelter for pest animals such as foxes and rabbits.”

Landholders who would like more information about the spraying program or to register their interest in taking part should email admin@umcc.nsw.gov.au

More information on biosecurity weed threats and their control can be found on at umcc.nsw.gov.au

More information:
Chris Jackson
Acting Chief Weeds Officer
P: 02 6338 2875
M: 0429 455 189

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