Free assistance for farmers to tackle weeds

Help is available to tackle agricultural weeds, such as African lovegrass.
Help is available to tackle agricultural weeds, such as African lovegrass.

The Eurobodalla Shire Council is offering free weed control for eligible rural properties.

The council's invasive species officer Mitchell Jarvis said weeds such as blackberry, crofton weed, bitou bush, African boxthorn and Lantana could affect primary producers' bottom line.

The council said assistance was available mostly for heavily-affected primary production areas and landowners of semi-rural properties and or bush blocks in primary producing areas.

Those areas included Belowra and Buckenbowra valleys, Runnyford, Cadgee and Nerrigundah.

"Many of our landowners have had a terrible year with the drought and then the fires ravaging their properties, and the last thing they need to worry about right now is controlling weeds," he said.

"This is a perfect opportunity for landowners to get problematic weeds under control while there is a blank slate.

"In many cases, the soil seed bank will have been burned out of the ground, so it could be possible to get rid of these weeds in the long term.

"It will help the landowner and will give them more time to focus on things like rebuilding homes, sheds, fences, storage and machinery."

To arrange a property visit, or for more information, phone Council's Mitchell Jarvis on 4474 1263 or email mitchell.jarvis@esc.nsw.gov.au

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