Weed infestations a blot on our countryside

I just travelled to East Gippsland and it was a pleasure to drive through countryside that is not infested with thistles and other noxious weeds along the roadside and farmland. 

Under section 20 of the Catchment and Land protection Act, all land owners, including the Crown, public authorities and licensees of Crown lands must, in relation to their land, take all reasonable steps to avoid causing or contributing to land degradation which causes or may cause damage to land of another land owner; eradicate regionally prohibited weeds; prevent the growth and spread of regionally controlled weeds on their land; prevent the spread of, and as far as possible, eradicate established pest animals.

If Gippsland can achieve this, why can’t the western district? 

Come on land owners and Warrnambool, Corangamite, Moyne shires, take some pride and responsibility for our land and do something about the state of our public and private property weed problems.

Shaun Harrison, Hamilton-Port Fairy Road, Macarthur

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