Council receives roadside weed and pest funding

Macedon Ranges council will receive funding to assist with curbing roadside weeds and pests (Unsplash).

Macedon Ranges will receive funding from the state government to reduce roadside weeds and pests.

The state’s Roadside Weeds and Pests program aims to assist regional councils in curbing invasive weeds and pest animals.

The state said that investing in this reduces bushfire risk, protects native biodiversity, and prevents impacts to agriculture.

Macedon Ranges council will receive $48,385 through this program, with 44 other councils across the state also receiving up to $85,000 each,

This funding can be used by councils to address their specific weed and pest issues, through activities such as treating and preventing invasive flora, and managing rabbit populations.

Common invasive roadside plants include blackberries, box-thorns, and serrated tussocks.

Local government minister Melissa Horne said that reducing roadside weeds and pests is vital for protecting lives and properties in the lead up to the fire season.

The state government reports that weeds and pests cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year.

Councils are required to complete roadside weed and pest control works in line with their roadside weeds and pests control plans endorsed by Agriculture Victoria.

Oscar Parry