Successful funding bid targets priority pests

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The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board and its partners recently submitted an application to the Landscape Priorities Fund to control priority pests and weeds on and around the River Murray.

The project ‘Weed warriors of our waterways: eradicating priority pests for a healthy river’ was successful.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board District Manager Hannah Spronk said the River Murray is the lifeblood of our region, providing a common thread through our regional communities, and plays a vital role in sustaining the economy.

“This 3 year project with a budget of $808,900 will help protect our significant natural asset and strengthen our community connection which is vitally important to the region,” Ms Spronk said.

“The project will provide coordination at a regional level and significantly assist in managing invasive aquatic and terrestrial weeds impacting the River Murray, wetlands and feeder creeks/rivers and help conserve these areas’ natural biodiversity.

“We will leverage and add to the 10 years of invasive weed control previously undertaken in the river channel.

“Throughout the projects, extensive river and creek surveys will be conducted that will map weed infestations, which will guide our on-ground control works.

“We will partner with landholders, five councils, Aboriginal peoples, volunteer and user groups.

“By working together and supporting our partners and community through workshops and training, our on-ground works will improve ecosystem health, Aboriginal values and recreational benefits,” she said.

Ms Spronk said we are eager to see the successes of this project along the river system, connected tributaries and the continuing benefits to surrounding communities.

“We look forward to delivering this project together with our partners and the community, Ms Spronk said.

For more information, please phone District Manager Riverland Hannah Spronk on: 8580 1800.

This project is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from the Landscape Priorities Fund and the landscape levies.

Successful funding bid targets priority pests
The ‘Weed warriors of our waterways: eradicating priority pests for a healthy river’ project will manage invasive aquatic and terrestrial weeds and pests impacting the River Murray, wetlands and feeder creeks/rivers. Yellow water lily (Nymphaea mexicana) pictured is one of the aquatic weeds for control.

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