Pests and Parks are Priorities for the ACT Government
The latest ACT budget favours new investment in environmental initiatives such as pest control and hiring more park staff. These areas have been prioritised over other environmental projects such as water-saving programs.
According to a representative of the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, the directorate has saved around $2.1 million by cutting back on the IrrigationSmart and GardenSmart initiatives.
Funds have been allocated for weed control, pest control, parks and reserves restoration, and more park rangers. Five new park rangers will be hired over the next four financial years, at a cost of $1.5 million to the state. Two of these new park rangers are expected to start work in the coming year.
A total of $450,000 will be spent on weed management in Canberra Nature Park, Murrumbidgee River Corridor, and some rural roadsides. $400,000 has been assigned to pest control, and $250,000 will be spent on the restoration of parks and reserves in the state.