Another $10 million will be delivered to drought-affected farmers and land managers to fight feral animals and weeds, with every local council in my electorate eligible to apply for the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program.

Applications to fund projects are now open, and will close on February 5.

Federal Minister for Regional Services Mark Coulton said feral animals and weeds cost farmers nearly $5 billion a year, with $89 million due to wild dogs and $4 billion due to weeds.

“I was so pleased to announce funding for two important projects in the Parkes electorate under a previous round, which will help to combat these issues,” Mr Coulton said.

“Last year I announced $926,000 for Bourke Shire Council, which on behalf of six Western Division Shires, invested in coordinated baiting, trapping, monitoring and capacity building along with 16 pest animal control and Landcare groups.

“Furthermore, Narrabri Shire Council successfully received $127,680 to combat biosecurity and pest animal issues in the Pilliga, Gwabegar and Cuttabri districts.”

Those interested can review the program guidelines for the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program – Biosecurity Management of Pests and Weeds – Round 2 at www.communitygrants.gov.au.