The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to take urgent action to combat the rapid spread of the invasive Paterson’s curse weed in the Gunbower State Forest and National Park.
Ms Lovell was recently contacted by members of the Central Murray Environmental Floodplain Group, who expressed concerns regarding the spread of the noxious weed throughout the full length of the forest and the lack of action by the State Government to manage and remove it.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell pointed out that Paterson’s curse is supposed to be managed either by herbicide application or physical removal.
Ms Lovell said with water movement causing the spread of the weed’s seed, it was imperative action is taken to remove the existing plants before the next environmental flooding of the Gunbower State Forest.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“It is the responsibility of the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the proper management and removal of Paterson’s curse in our state forests and national parks.
“The Gunbower community have expressed concern about the prevalence of Paterson’s curse in the Gunbower State Forest and the Minister should order DELWP officers to take action to remove the weed from the area immediately.”
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