Council receives funding to tackle aquatic weeds

Murray River Council

Murray River Council has received $20,000 to target aquatic weeds along a 550km stretch of the Murray River.

Funded via NSW Government Local Land Services, the funding will support council in their efforts to control pesky river weeds including Water lilies, Sagittaria, Noogoora Burr, Blackberry.

Murray River Council mayor, Chris Bilkey welcomed the funding which will cover weed control along the Murray from the Berrigan Shire border right through to council’s border with Balranald Shire at Goodnight.

“Established aquatic weeds are a significant threat for our local environment and industries, so we need to ensure we have the best program in place to manage them.”

“Through this funding we now have the capacity to target and manage priority established weeds in our stretch of the Murray.”

Control works will be conducted on the water using boat and spray equipment, and from the bank where accessible.

The aquatic weeds program is now underway and will continue through to 30 June this year.

“This program will deliver lasting improvements to the way we manage aquatic weeds and will be of benefit to adjoining land owners and our local parks, forestry and wildlife services,” Cr Bilkey said.

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