The Northern Grampians Shire Council has received funds to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals across Victoria.
In September, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford confirmed the Northern Grampians Shire has been allocated $75,000 from Local Government Victoria's Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program.
Ms Pulford said she was proud to see her region receive funding.
"The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenge that weeds and pests pose to rural and regional communities," she said.
"I'm proud that the Northern Grampians Shire are being supported in delivering effective and tailored strategies for our region."
The funding comes as part of $11.5 million allocated over the next four years to prevent the spread of invasive weeds and pests on rural roadsides.
The Northern Grampians Shire is one of the eligible councils across regional and rural Victoria responsible for managing almost 100,000 kilometres of rural roadsides.
Rural roadsides can provide a breeding ground for harmful weeds and pests and this funding allows councils to implement control measures that prevent their spread.
Weeds like serrated tussock and blackberries cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year as they have the potential to spread very quickly resulting in serious negative impacts on agricultural production, as well as contribute to the spread of fires.
Recent drought has accelerated the presence and spread of new and emerging weeds that can threaten native biodiversity.
Local Government Victoria and Agriculture Victoria work closely with local councils in ensuring plans to tackle weeds and pests are tailored to their local area and appropriate funding is allocated to fulfil each strategy.
To find out more about the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program visit the website.
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