Riverina (Lower Murray-Darling, Lachlan, Murray & Murrumbidgee Catchments)
Weeds Action Program 2010-2015
The NSW Weeds Action Program (WAP) is a NSW Government initiative to reduce the impact of weeds under the NSW Invasive Species Plan (ISP). The NSW WAP replaces a range of noxious weed grant programs provided by the NSW Government to local and public authorities, and trustees of reserves and commons. The WAP will target these funds directly at the weed outcomes in the ISP.
The NSW WAP demonstrates the Government`s commitment to the NSW ISP and will:
- identify and manage high risk weed species and entry pathways;
- develop and implement early weed detection capabilities;
- assist in the timely detection of new weed incursions;
- affect a quick response to eradicate or contain new weeds;
- identify and prioritise weed management programs to where benefits are greatest;
- provide effective and targeted on-ground weed control;
- increase community acceptance of, and involvement in, effective weed management;
- integrate weed management into education programs;
- improve the knowledge base for weed management;
- monitor progress of the NSW Invasive Species Plan`s implementation; and
- encourage the use of cost-sharing arrangements
The regional component of the NSW WAP is to help local weed control authorities and other stakeholders develop partnership to effectively target weeds; identify and stop new weeds early and increase community involvement in weed management.
The Riverina WAP through the production of the following documents will see implementation of 9 ISP key objectives that link directly to our Regional Weed Strategies:
- Program Logic – The rationale behind a program – a picture of why and how you believe a program will work.
- High Risk Species – Due to many species lists existing in several documents, it was determined that a collated High Risk species list would be beneficial to the region as a quick reference. High risk species – All Class 1 & 2 weeds and Category A & B weeds in a CMA subregion.
- Riverina Inspection Policy – This policy sets out Council`s noxious weeds inspection program. The inspection program aims to detect new and emerging weeds before they become established in the region. Early detection and rapid response offer the most strategic and cost effective form of weed management. Consistency in the inspection policy across the region is critical for effective weed management.
- Communication Strategy – This strategy outlines the major communication, extension, training and education activities of ERNWAG & WRNWAG member organisations.
- Rapid Response Plan – ensures a consistent approach to the management of new incursions of High Risk species throughout the Riverina. When a new incursion is found, this plan outlines specific procedures (Figure 1) and recommended actions (Table 1) to be undertaken upon finding a new incursion of a Category A or B weed.
- MERI plan – To monitor and evaluate the impact and achievements of the project, report on these and offer recommendations for improvement.
- New Incursion Plans (NIPs) – ensure a consistent approach to the management of High Risk Species throughout the Riverina. As new incursions are discovered across the Riverina and declaration / plans of management required for specific species; a NIP is developed. To date we have NIPs for Alligator weed, Boneseed and Fireweed.
- New Incursions to the Riverina details all new incursions of Category A weeds on record for the Riverina. It will be updated as new incursions are identified across the Riverina.
- High Risk Pathways & Sites – Local Control Authorities (LCAs) and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs) were asked to identify all High Risk Pathways and Sites within their boundary and rank them according to previous incursions and potential risk. This is an internal working document that is updated as needed.
- High Risk Pathways Management Plan – prevents new weeds from establishing in the Riverina and reduce existing weeds from spreading via high risk (HR) pathways.
- Vehicle Hygiene Protocol – ensures a consistent approach across the Riverina towards vehicle hygiene.
- Performance Points – HR Pathways, Rapid Response, Regional Weed Id Guide, Aquatic Weeds and Kochia scoparia.
Riverina WAP Implementation Manual 2010 – 2015 is a collation of the above WAP documents