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    Minister for Natural Resources and Water
    The Honourable Kerry Shine

    Reinforcements in attack on pests and weeds in Queensland

    Minister for Natural Resources and Water
    The Honourable Kerry Shine

    Friday, September 22, 2006

    Reinforcements in attack on pests and weeds in Queensland

    The Queensland Government is seeking reinforcements in its attack on pests and weeds.

    Natural Resources and Water Minister Kerry Shine said applications were being invited for funds available under the $11 million Reclaim the Bush – a Pest Offensive program announced by the Government as part of the Blueprint for the Bush.

    Mr Shine said the program aimed to address pest management issues facing regional Queensland over the next three years.

    “The program encourages local governments, State agencies, regional natural resources management bodies and indigenous communities to work together on targeted projects tackling the pest menace,” Mr Shine said.

    “The Department is looking for proposals that demonstrate a clear, co-ordinated approach to managing pests.”

    The minimum grant under the program is $50,000.

    Mr Shine said applicants should ensure their proposals align with existing pest management and natural resource management plans and show how they benefit regional Queensland areas outside the south-east and major regional centres.

    The pest offensive targets prevention of new threats, woody weeds, wild dogs, feral pigs and preventing the spread of weeds and pest management in Indigenous communities.

    “Weeds alone cost Queensland an estimated $600 million a year and affect primary industries, the environment, human and animal health,” Mr Shine said.

    “Pest animals are a major cause of environmental damage across regional Queensland and cost landholders an estimated $110 million a year.”

    Applications for funding under the pest offensive program close on 13 November 2006. Further information is available at www.nrm.qld.gov.au.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson 3896 3689 or 0418 197 350

    kirby.anderson@ministerial.qld.gov.au