Local Action Groups (LAGs)
A LAG is a network of local farmers in a district affected by skeleton weed, who have a shared interest in helping other landholders around them cope with the issues skeleton weed presents.
Each LAG applies annually to DPIRD for funds from the approved Skeleton Weed Program budget which are endorsed by the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Committee. They aim to promote awareness of skeleton weed, support local landholders with skeleton weed and assist them with management and eradication.
They liaise between landholders and DPIRD to provide input into management of local non-compliance issues and formulate local/regional strategies to deal with skeleton weed within the framework of the state-wide program. Some groups also appoint a LAG Coordinator to work with landholders and in conjunction with DPIRD to undertake operational activities.
Local Action Groups are designed to provide you with additional support. Check with your local DPIRD office for the name of your nearest LAG representative.
There is an extensive local support network for you to call on to assist you identify and help manage skeleton weed effectively.
Finding information and advice
Communication with your local DPIRD office, your Local Action Group and your neighbours is integral to achieving skeleton weed eradication on your property.
There is a lot of information available to landholders who find skeleton weed on their land, and a lot to remember, too. If you are unsure of what to do, there are several avenues for you to follow.
In the first instance, your local DPIRD or LAG office can assist. You will be given reference material containing all the information you need to manage and eradicate skeleton weed from your property. Take the time to read it, and make a note of any additional questions that come to you later.
Regular communication with your local DPIRD officer and/or LAG coordinator is essential to ensure you are aware of all your obligations, and what support the program provides. Most of the information given to you by your local DPIRD officer and/or LAG coordinator is also available on the website, including this Management Guide.
If you live in an area where skeleton weed is prevalent, neighbours may be able to assist you.
Visit DPIRD’s website: agric.wa.gov.au/skeleton-weed