LEADER of the Victorian Nationals Peter Walsh visited the Strzelecki Ranges last week to meet with local farmers and Landcare groups about weed management in Gippsland.
The Nationals member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said it was great to have Mr Walsh, the Shadow Minister for Agriculture in the region to hear the views of local landholders and come up with solutions to ongoing concerns about proliferation of weeds.
“This has been an ongoing discussion with my constituents in Gippsland South who are concerned about enforcement of the law when it comes to landholders who don’t control weeds such as ragwort, thistles and blackberries.
“Only recently I met with a large group of Landcare volunteers at Poowong who raised with me a number of their concerns.
“I have since taken those to state parliament and am waiting on a response from the Andrews Labor Government on what it is doing to enforce weed control laws.
“It was great to have Peter Walsh visit, a former farmer himself who understands the cost of uncontrolled weeds.
“Peter heard firsthand some of the issues but also discussed with local representatives some of the solutions.
“I’ve also spoken to Peter about some policies and am confident we will have some good policies to take to the election next year to ensure recalcitrant land holders who don’t control weeds and impact on neighbouring farmers feel the full force of the law.”
Mr O’Brien and Mr Walsh were joined by Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood at the meeting along with farmers and Landcare groups from Mount Worth, Poowong, South Gippsland and Maffra.