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As part of Whitsunday Regional Council’s commitment to pest management across the region,Council recently employed two Land Protection Officers, Jade Monda, based in Bowen and William Hamill based in Collinsville.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Land Protection Officers main responsibilities will be locating andmapping the extent of weed infestations, liaising with local farmers and the community,coordinating local pest management strategies and providing expertise and advice as part of pest management for the region.
“Over the coming months, the Land Protection Officers will be contacting a variety of landownersregarding the development or renewal of Property Pest Management Plans between Council and landowners,” she said.
“Council urges property owners to engage in this process as there are many benefits in developing or renewing a Property Pest Management Plan.
“Property Pest Management Plans allow Council to strategically develop and monitor pests in the region by planning pest management and control measures on properties and identifying and providing pest control assistance to landowners where possible.”
Property Pest Management Plans can potentially benefit property owners by providing:
• Pest identification and pest mapping• Best practice pest control advice• Pest management planning• Strategic coordination of pest control for the region• Identification of pest control resources in the region• Matching landowners with pest management funding opportunities and programs• Introduction and advice concerning new pest management technologies and strategies
Council also currently offers the Herbicide Rebate Scheme in which eligible properties can applyfor financial assistance for the purchase of herbicides for target weed species.
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