Funds to eradicate African boxthorn

Cobar Shire Council will receive State Government funding to help eradicate African boxthorn at the Old Res.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries last week announced the Barwon Electorate would receive $742,000 as part of the Public Reserves Management Funding released by Minister for Lands Niall Blair.

“Barwon has received a relatively large proportion of the nearly $17 million that will be invested right across the state to support the development, maintenance and improvement of public reserves,” Mr Humphries said.

Cobar will receive $34,375 to remove African boxthorn at the Old Reservoir while the majority of the electorate funding will go towards showgrounds in Boggabri, Coonabarabran, Coolah and Binnaway to upgrade existing or install new facilities, while a number of significant sites in other Barwon towns also received funding to ensure their upkeep for years to come.

“Public reserves provide social and economic focal points for Western NSW communities by providing halls for meetings and social activities, sportsgrounds, showgrounds, holiday parks, state parks, heritage sites, nature reserves, walking tracks and recreational reserves,” Mr Humphries said.

“This funding is so important for the managers of these assets in our electorate as it allows improvements to be made that will continue to benefit the community now and into the future.”

Mr Humphries said he was pleased to see a large amount of funding go towards controlling noxious weeds on crown land reserves.

“Any landholder who neighbours a public reserve will know the futility of trying to control weeds when they’re not effectively managed on public reserves.

“It’s been important to me to ensure funding is allocated to control this issue.”

“By supporting these vital projects the NSW Government is supporting the role our professional and volunteer managers of Crown reserves play in the ongoing management of the Crown reserve system,” Mr Humphries said