Council to conduct aquatic weed control

Burdekin Shire Council has allocated $65,050 to continue its work clearing aquatic weeds from the Shire’s waterways.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had set aside the funds in its 2017/18 Budget to conduct aquatic weed control activities in nine coastal creek systems across the lower Burdekin.

“The Burdekin Shire Council area has numerous varieties of aquatic pest plants and infestations of those in our lagoons and waterways can cause major problems,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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

“Council conducts these works with the support of contributing landholders, NQ Dry Tropics, Sun Water and Lower Burdekin Water and is appreciative of the financial and in-kind assistance offered to assist with this important work.”

Council undertakes a number of natural resource management activities and works closely with landholders in the region.

Cr McLaughlin said in 2017/18, Council would be reviewing its Herbicide Subsidy Policy to ensure landowners have a greater chance of accessing available funds.

“We’ll also be continuing our work in the areas of vector/mosquito management and in assisting landowners with feral pig and wild dog control,” she said.

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