Locusts on their way
Tuesday, 24th August, 2010
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams has renewed calls for people to brace themselves for what will be the worst locust plague in 30 years.
Mr Williams said the locusts are expected to hit the Murray-Darling region in the next few weeks and is calling farmers to be vigilant with their properties. “Property owners need to keep a watchful eye on their properties in the coming weeks when the locusts are expected to hatch.
The weather has provided an optimal environment for the breeding and the hatching of the locusts. “Landholders need to report the presence of locusts to their local Livestock Health and Pest Authority. Landholders are also required to control locusts, which is most effectively done when the nymphs band together.
"The aim is to try and minimise the impact the locusts have on the region,” Mr Williams said. Mr Williams has also called on motorists to be extra cautious when travelling during the time of the locust plague due to reduced visibility from the swarms of locusts.
Mr Williams has renewed calls for the State Government to increase the funding for the locust package. “When the package and the sizes of the States are compared to the amount Victoria is funding for the locust plague, it is simply not enough,” Mr Williams said.