Coffs to get new pest program

FOXES, camphor laurels, bitou bush and other noxious weeds and feral pests will be cleaned up on the Coffs Coast under a new control program.

The State Government has provided almost $50,000 to councils, Landcare groups and State park organisations in the region.

In Coffs Harbour, Beacon Hill Reserve, Boambee Headland and bushland in Watsonia Avenue will be cleared of Madeira vine, ipomea vine, asparagus fern, silver-leafed desmodium and camphor laurels.

A grant of $9000 has been awarded to the Coffs Harbour City Council and this funding will also cover spraying and tree felling in the Corindi and Red Rock areas.

The Lands Property Management Authority also plans to spend $9679 in the Bellinger Heads State Park clearing dunes of bitou bush, lantana, coral trees and groundsel.

In the Nambucca Valley, the shire council has also been allocated $9000 to clear bitou and groundsel bush at Deep Creek, Wirrimbi Island and at Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head.

At Mylestom, $14,500 has been set aside for fox baiting, while a further $5000 will be shared by the Upper Orara Recreation Ground Trust and Wetland Care Australia to clear privet, camphors, groundsel and slash pines at Upper Orara and Red Rock.

In total, the NSW Government has granted more than $75,000 to weed and pest programs on the Mid North Coast.

Most of the money has come from the Public Reserves Management Fund.

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