Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said noxious weed control on private land is becoming a significant issue across the electorate following a jump in the number of complaints he has received on the issue.
‘I recently met with the Mount Worth and District Landcare Group as well as representatives from across South Gippsland and they have very real concerns around a lack of weed control on private land,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘They are very concerned about the lack of enforcement action being taken by the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) with non-conforming property owners.
‘With an excellent spring expected to follow the recent rains, ragwort and thistles will thrive if the appropriate treatments are not taken on properties that have historically had problems, and this can greatly impact neighbouring properties.
Mr Blackwood said it was critical that DELWP address the issue of non-conforming property owners and begin to clamp down on those who were found to have exposed nearby properties to noxious weeds through a failure to properly prevent the spread.
‘An owner, who takes every precaution, undertakes spraying or prevention right across their property, can be completely exposed by a neighbour who has been lax in their prevention works or not undertaken them at all.
‘DELWP must address this issue as an urgent priority and support locals who approach them for assistance in dealing with neighbours who are not undertaking prevention works.
‘A failure by DELWP to do so will mean again this spring many locals will be left with a severe noxious weed issue through no fault of their own,’ said Mr Blackwood.