Electors’ meeting puts weed control on agenda

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Weed control advocate Bernhard Bischoff echoed his concerns about invasive plants in Bunbury at the Annual Meeting of Electors.

Mr Bischoff questioned how Bunbury City Council determined the budget on weed management.

Acting chief executive officer Mal Osborne said the Sustainability Environmental Planning team had a budget of $188,000 to manage its operations, which included more than just weed control.

The team partnered in weed control efforts with organisations such as Main Roads and Bunbury Cemetery.

“There is a sizeable amount of money and a sizeable amount of energy,” he said.

“I think we’ll have an ongoing issue to try to get it to a standard we’d all like and I can assure you the city’s committed to doing what it can with it’s current resources to tackle the problem as best we can.”

Mr Bischoff submitted motions for “realistic” weed control estimates, council considering moving away from recurrent budget allocations and for a councillor to attend Community Environmental Reference Group meetings.

The motions will be considered next year.

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