War on Walls weeds: Funding announced for environment project

Bathurst MP Paul Toole at Hassans Walls, Lithgow. Picture: SUPPLIED.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole at Hassans Walls, Lithgow. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Hassans Walls Reserve will benefit from a $29,990 grant to combat weeds thanks to the NSW Government’s Crown Reserve Improvement Fund.

Minister for Lands and Forestry and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said eradication of noxious weeds would help protect neighbouring properties.

“The reserve is popular with local groups and is frequently used by the Lithgow Pony Club, recreational bike riders, walkers and bird watchers,” Mr Toole said.

“We want to ensure that all local visitors benefit, so it is important the natural habitat is maintained and even improved.

“The program will see a contractor oversee this weed control program to ensure infestation of adjoining freehold and reserved lands doesn’t occur.”

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Mr Toole said the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program was focused on ensuring communities and visitors could continue to enjoy local land and facilities.

“This year we’ve made a record investment into Crown land with more than $20 million in grants and loans being provided across the state,” Mr Toole said.

To date, the NSW Government has invested $115 million across seven years into Crown land projects.

CRIF supports Crown reserve managers by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure and environmental initiatives.