Farmers and land managers in Capricornia will benefit from improved tools and technologies to better control established pest animals and weeds, with the Australian Government announcing a $13 million competitive grant round that will support the development of new or improved breakthrough pest animal and weed control tools.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grant program would help strengthen the management of pests and weeds which cause significant damage to the environment and natural resources.
“Established pest animals and weeds are a significant threat for our economy, environment and industries, so we need to ensure we have the best tools available to manage them,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Each year, the economic impact of established vertebrate pest animals is around $800 million, while weeds cost us over $4 billion in terms of production losses and control activities.
“Through this grant round, we are supporting more effective management of pest animals and weeds to reduce their devastating impact on Australia’s agriculture and the environment.
“We will be funding projects led by organisations with a proven research and development capacity, that will target priority established pest animals and weeds.
“It will assist farmers, land managers and the community by generating new ideas, advancing research and the discovery of innovative pest animal and weed management solutions.”
“The grants will also support employment by providing funding to successful grantees over the next three years to carry out research and development.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Central Queensland had resilient farmers and land managers who do a great job managing the impact of pest animals and weeds on their land, however there is more that can be done to improve the tools available to them to manage those impacts.
“This program will help ensure Capricoria is on the front foot in the fight against established pest animals and weeds and will minimise the risks they pose to our agricultural productivity and environment,” Ms Landry said.
“This includes new advanced control solutions that will challenge traditional approaches to pest animal and weed management, as well as innovations in detection and monitoring.
“Other projects could investigate genetic modification technologies, chemical and non-chemical herbicides, disruption technologies and electronic resources.”
“This program will deliver lasting improvements to the way priority pest animals and weeds are managed, in partnership with state and territory governments, land managers and communities,”Minister Littleproud said.
Grant applications are now open and close at 11:00pm, 25 September 2020.
For details about the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants program visit: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/pest-animals-and-weeds/grant-round
- The Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants program is funded through the four year Established Pest Animal and Weed Management Pipeline Program ($30.3 million over 2019-20 to 2022-23).
- There are approximately 500 introduced plants in Australia that are considered weeds.
- There are at least 73 introduced animals which have established feral populations including dogs, rabbits, deer, pigs, cats and carp.
- Project applications for the grants will need to target invasive established pest animals or weed species that are not endemic to Australia or a particular part of Australia.
- Total grant limits apply:
- The minimum grant amount is $300,000 (GST exclusive).
- The maximum grant amount is $2 million (GST exclusive).