Council continues works to clear aquatic weeds

Burdekin Shire Council will continue its program to clear aquatic weeds from the Shire’s waterways in an effort to return the systems back to their original environmental state.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council has budgeted to spend approximately $68,000 on aquatic weed control in nine coastal creek systems across the lower Burdekin.

“Infestations of weeds in our lagoons and waterways cause major problems such as increased mosquito populations and during flood events the dense weed mats being carried downstream can damage our roads, pumps and fences,” she said.

“Weed control activities include aerial spraying, edge spraying from boat and land, and mechanical removal using the weed harvester and excavator.

“Council appreciates the support from contributing landholders, NQ Dry Tropics, SunWater and Lower Burdekin Water in providing financial and in-kind assistance toward continuing this valuable work.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Council would also receive $17,500 from NQ Dry Tropics to assist with this work.

“I thank NQ Dry Tropics for their support of Council’s aquatic weed clearing program,” she said.

“This funding is vital to keeping our waterways clear of aquatic weeds such as Salvinia, Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce and Hymenachne.”

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