Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Have a Say on Hyacinth Plan; Control Spread of Invasive Weed

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Have a Say on Hyacinth Plan; Control Spread of Invasive Weed

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NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is calling on the community to have their say on the draft management strategy for water hyacinth, one of Australia's most damaging weeds.

C[pounds sterling]Water hyacinth was recently declared as one of 12 new Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) due to its economic, environmental and social impacts as well as its potential to spread,C[yen] NSW DPI Invasive Species Program manager John Tracey said.

C[pounds sterling]New South Wales will be the lead state for implementing this national strategic plan, which aims to restrict the spread of water hyacinth and reduce the impact of current infestations.

C[pounds sterling]We are seeking public comment on the draft national strategy by July 16.

C[pounds sterling]This is an opportunity for people who value our waterways to have a say on how we can help protect them from this aquatic invader.C[yen]

National Aquatic Weeds co-ordinator Andrew Petroeschevsky, based at NSW DPI's Grafton Weeds Unit, said water hyacinth was introduced into Australia as an ornamental aquatic plant and due to its invasive nature has since spread to many waterways from North Queensland to Victoria. …

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