Greens call on NSW Government to implement draft NSW weed review

MEDIA RELEASE – 26 February 2014

Hudson-pear-scaleThe Greens NSW spokesperson on agriculture Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed the draft NSW weed management review and called on the NSW Government to make the required resources available to ensure the full implementation of its recommendations.

“The establishment of a ‘permitted list’ for sale of plants within NSW is an important first step in stopping the spread of weeds, as is the move to a tenure-neutral approach which ensures both public and private landholders are responsible for controlling weeds,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

“The Greens have been working with farmers for many years in calling for these reforms and moved amendments to this effect which were rejected by the Government in 2012.

“It is clear from this report that the distribution and impact of weeds continues to grow and that the threat to biodiversity and an annual cost of $475 million to landholders is unacceptable.

“This is not the first report that has made many of these recommendations and it is concerning that the O’Farrell Government does not have a good track record in implementing the reform necessary to manage weeds.

“It is also essential that the ‘permitted list’ for the sale of plants from nurseries is developed by experts and not by the industry as is suggested in this report.

“We need to strengthen enforcement, improve transparency around weed declarations and build our capacity to respond to new incursions.  This review gives us the framework to do this and the Greens will continue hold the Government to account on behalf of farmers and the environment.

“Now is the time for the Government to step up and create a well-resourced legislative and organisational framework for weed management in this state,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

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