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Have Your Say on the Effectiveness and Efficient of Weed Management Arrangements in NSW

The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson has requested the NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to undertake an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of weed management arrangements in NSW with a view to inform the further development of the proposed NSW Biosecurity Act, and other relevant strategies under the NSW Biosecurity Strategy.

The NRC has been asked to:

  • assess (based on existing data) the distribution and abundance of weeds across NSW and their impacts and likely trajectories
  • evaluate current regulatory and institutional arrangements across both public and private tenures
  • evaluate weed management programs funded by the Australian and NSW Governments
  • identify and assess viable alternative weed management arrangements
  • provide advice on potential transitional arrangements for the future implementation of the NSW Biosecurity Act and NSW Biosecurity Strategy.

The NGINA (Michael Danelon) was involved in a stakeholder workshop held on the 30th September in Sydney to represent the industry and again on Monday 28th October via teleconference (Des Boorman and Michael Danelon) to discuss issues with key representatives of the NRC.

The NGINA will continue to represent the Nursery and Garden Industry with additional meetings proposed with the NRC and dialogue from NGINA at future NSW Noxious Weed Advisory Committee meetings to alter the perception of “nurseries grow and sell weeds” and promote Nursery Industry Best Management Practice and support for enhanced biosecurity practices.

Have your say on the issues paper

As an initial step in the review the NRC has prepared an issues paper (The Issues Paper and details for making a submission can no longer be found. Public comment was based on initial consultation and research. The purpose of this paper is to:

  • clarify priority issues
  • get stakeholder and community views about barriers and opportunities for more effective weed management
  • seek to identify any additional issues
  • identify relevant evidence to inform the review.

The NRC is due to provide a draft report, including draft recommendations by the end of February 2014. The draft report will be available for public comment for one month.

The final report, including outcomes of consultation will be submitted to the Minister by the end of May 2014.

Make a submission online

The NRC is currently accepting online submissions, or alternatively you can post a submission to the following address or fax it to 02 8227 4399. Alternatively you may prefer to contact NGINA to offer comment so we can coordinate a broader response of industry views.

Weed management review
Natural Resources Commission
GPO Box 4206
SYDNEY, NSW 2001

Questions for consideration are presented throughout the issues paper, however, stakeholders may address any matters in their submission. When making a submission, any personal contact information you provide will be managed in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1988.

NOTE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 6 December 2013.