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Environment education grant for weed identification in the Eurobodalla


Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced today that Eurobodalla Shire Council has received a $ $48,762 NSW Government grant to develop an online weed finder and assist landholders with self-help education material.

Mr Constance said this funding would help Eurobodalla Shire Council to educate our community about effective weed identification and control measures.

“The project will develop an online tool called the Weeds Finder that residential and rural landholders and the community can readily access and use with ease.

“The application will include: simple to use interactive key for weed identification, weed control advice, photos of weeds, recommendations of alternative bush friendly species and garden design plans and advice,” said Mr Constance.

“It will empower people to make positive decisions about plant choices and reduce invasive weeds across all land tenure.

“Research has shown that once landholders have the skills to identify and treat weeds effectively they are more motivated to carry out ongoing weed control on their land, to educate others and reduce their impacts on bushland and waterways.

“A trial version of the Weeds Finder has proven popular with users and now it will be readily available to all.” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government’s Environmental Education Grant Program aims to help people protect the environment and live more sustainably, through supporting local community education projects.

This program is a great way to be able to help support local environmental causes and projects.

For over 20 years these grants have been funding a diverse range of projects across NSW.

Over the past two decades some of the projects have included coastal management teaching resource kits for high schools, community education about building backyard biodiversity, and energy saving plans for disadvantaged rural communities.

Thirteen Environmental Education grants worth over $953,000 have been awarded to projects across NSW this year.

For further information about the program visit:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/education.htm

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