Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is urging eligible parties in his electorate to apply for Federal Government funding to protect farms and industries from pests and weeds.
Communities in the Parkes electorate could benefit from funds under a $13 million competitive grant round that will promote the development of breakthrough pest animal and weed control tools.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Australian Government’s Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants program would fund new and improved tools and technologies to protect farms and industries from pests and weeds, with applications open to research and development corporations, state and local governments, primary industry organisations, universities and others.
Grants of between $300,000 and $2 million will be available, with applications closing on 25 September 2020.
“Established pest animals and weeds are a significant threat for our economy, environment and industries in the Parkes electorate, so we need to ensure we have the best tools available to manage them,” Mr Coulton said.
“I urge eligible applicants to put their best foot forward with a strong proposal before the closing date.
“These grants will support more effective management of target priority established pest animals and weeds to reduce their devastating impact on agriculture and the environment – not only that, but these grants will also support jobs to carry out research and development.
“This includes advanced control solutions that will challenge traditional approaches, 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.”
Mr Coulton said the grants would assist farmers, land managers and the community by generating new ideas and advancing research.
For guidelines and application details please visit: www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/advancing-pest-animal-and-weed-control-solutions