Giant rats tail threat prompts government action in Gympie
THE escalating problem of the noxious weed giant rats tail in the Gympie region has prompted government at local and state level to take action.
State MP Tony Perrett has asked the State Labor Government in Parliament jut what it is doing about controlling the grass which renders grazing and agricultural land useless.
At a local level, the Gympie Regional Council has brought together industry leaders, research experts and local landholders to share the latest information on treatments, how it spreads, biocontrol and long term options today (Friday) and tomorrow at the Woolooga Saleyards.
Mr Perrett recently asked Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson a Question on Notice about the measures the government supports to control the weed.
"We need to know what is actually being done because at the moment it is landowners who are fighting the battle to control this class 2 weed," Mr Perrett said.
"Giant's Rat's Tail Grass continues to spread and be an ongoing problem within the Gympie region.
"Almost every landowner is afflicted with Giant Rat's Tail.
"The spread of the weed and cost to control it is now making some rural properties unviable.
"It is time landowners were told about what investment the Government is making into research and development to find a biological control of this invasive plant.
"If there is no investment into this measure I called on the Government to commit to commissioning and funding research and development into a biological control.
"I also asked the Minister what measures the Government is actually providing, including funding, to local Governments throughout Queensland to assist them in educating and informing private landowners on how to control this insidious weed.
"The Labor Government has a history of implementing programs and then leaving it up to local government to enforce so it is important that ratepayers know whether the government intends to provide funds to support control measures."
Mr Perrett said that the Minister had 30 days to provide an answer to the Parliament.