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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian Macdonald

6 June 2005

National Weeds Advisory Group announced


Representatives of agriculture, conservation bodies, local and State government, landcare and the plant nursery industry have been brought together to advise the Australian Government how best to tackle Australia's multi-billion-dollar weed problem.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced the membership of the National Weeds Advisory Group.

The group will advise the Ministers on the management and direction of the Government's new $40 million Defeating the Weed Menace Program, which aims to reduce the impact of weeds on the sustainability of Australia's productive capacity and natural ecosystems.

"Weeds are a significant cost to the economy and pose one of the greatest threats to Australia's unique plants and animals. Apart from their significant effects on our biodiversity, they cost Australian farmers about $4 billion a year in lost production and control," the Ministers said.

"The advisory group has the blend of expertise and experience needed to provide quality advice to guide the program and help prevent or control Australia's most threatening and invasive weeds."

The members are:

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
David Crisafulli (Senator Macdonald's office) 0400 144 483

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