New England Weeds Authority success in achieving the outcomes for its Four Year Delivery Program
Prior to the local government elections on 10th September 2016, local councils across NSW were required to report on their progress in meeting the performance measures laid out in their Four Year Delivery Programs.
New England Tablelands (Noxious Plants) County Council, trading as New England Weeds Authority, received a report at its Council meeting on 25th August 2016 which highlighted their success in achieving its Four Year Delivery Program in weed management and control across the 18,255 square kilometers of its area, comprising the constituent member Councils of Walcha, Uralla and Armidale Regional (formerly Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra).
Council’s outgoing Chair, Councillor Maria Woods said that “Council can be justly proud of the effectiveness of its delivery program over the past four years in achieving or exceeding all of the performance measures set under the plan”. She added “coupled with this has been a very pleasing economic result, leaving Council in in a very stable and sound financial position”.
Councillor Woods also expressed her appreciation to Councillors for their leadership and sense of teamwork as well as to staff for their professional approach and dedication to achieving the excellent results over the past four years.
Highlights have included over 3,700 property inspections covering an area of approximately 1,400,000 hectares over the last four years as well as weed control programs along some 4,000 kilometers of road corridors each year. Landholder and community engagement activities have included 22 field days, attendance at 17 agricultural shows, 7 joint Landcare events and 6 presentations to University of New England students, together with over 40 media releases issued. Furthermore, Council has been selected to host the 19th NSW State Weeds Conference in Armidale from 16th to 19th October 2017 which will attract some 250 plus delegates to the area.
Council has also actively pursued and been successful in securing over $690,000 in external grant funding for projects such as Tropical soda Apple control in the Macleay Valley, Gorse and Willows eradication along the Boorolong Creek, Regional Weeds tours and the preparation of a Feasibility Study into the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for weed surveillance.
For further information please contact Council’s General Manager, Wayne Deer on 67703602
12th September 2016