Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Project
Northern Grampians Shire Council is one of 56 rural and regional councils across Victoria who received funding under the State Government’s Roadside Weeds and Pests Management Program to assist in the management of ‘regionally prohibited’ and 'regionally controlled’ weeds and pest animals on rural roadsides.
Council has received funding of $75,000 per year for the three years between 2015 and 2017 ($150,000 in total). This will be used for both on-ground works and for the development and implementation of the project’s Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plan.
Northern Grampians Shire Council manages approximately 3,400 km of local road and is aware that roadsides provide a ready means for invasive plants and animals to spread across the region, threatening parks, forests and rural land asset values.
Managing such an extensive road network places a high maintenance and renewal demand on the available infrastructure budget, making it difficult to allocate significant funds to the issue of weed and pest animal control without State Government support.
In order to make the most effective use of funds, Council is collecting and mapping information input from contractors, individuals, Landcare groups, field naturalists groups, ‘Friends-of’ groups or any other community groups and organisations with any knowledge of the location, size and distribution of infestations.