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<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:12.0pt;margin-left:
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</span></font></span></font><b><span style='layout-grid-mode:line;font-weight:
bold'>A problem costing </span></b><b><span style='layout-grid-mode:line;
  font-weight:bold'>Australia</span></b><b><span style='layout-grid-mode:line;
font-weight:bold'> more than $4 billion a year</span></b><span
style='layout-grid-mode:line'> will be the focus of a national conference at
Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga next month. The <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>14<sup>th</sup> Australian Weeds Conference</span></b>
is expected to attract 300 delegates from around the country <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>from Monday 6 September to Thursday 9 September.</span></b>
Hosted by the Weed Society of NSW, the conference will emphasise the array of
problems associated with weed management from the production, environment,
social and economic perspectives. The theme will be </span><i><span
style='font-style:italic'>Weed Management - people, planet, profit</span></i>. <span
style='layout-grid-mode:line'>Heading international and local speakers, the
keynote address entitled <i><span style='font-style:italic'>The Age of Weeds </span></i>will
be delivered by leading science communicator Julian Cribb <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>from </span></b></span><b><span style='layout-grid-mode:
 line;font-weight:bold'>9am</span></b><b><span style='layout-grid-mode:line;
font-weight:bold'> Monday 6 September. </span></b><span style='layout-grid-mode:
line'>Further information including the conference program can be found at: <a
href="http://www.csu.edu.au/special/weedsconference/f_overview.html">http://www.csu.edu.au/special/weedsconference/f_overview.html</a></span></p>

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line;font-weight:bold'>Media note:</span></font></b><span style='layout-grid-mode:
line'> Conference organising committee chair and Dean of the CSU Faculty of
Science and Agriculture Professor Jim Pratley is available for interview.
Contact the Media Office. </span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><strong><b><font size=3 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Fiona Halloran</span></font></b></strong></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Media Officer</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
  font-family:Arial'>Charles</span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
 style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font><font size=2
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Sturt</span></font><font
 size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font><font
  size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>University</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
  font-family:Arial'>Australia</span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Ph: 61 2 6933 2207</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Mob: 0417 118 495</span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'>Fax: 61 2 6933 2764</span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Email: </span></font><a href="mailto:fhalloran@csu.edu.au"><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>fhalloran@csu.edu.au</span></font></a></p>

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