A Moorabool environmental group has received $26,000 to develop “innovative” and land-sensitive weed control technology.

Moorabool Landcare Network has been awarded the federal government grant to create a new tool for weed management – specifically serrated tussock – without the need to use chemicals.

Network president Anthony Dufty described the project as “innovative”.

“It’ll remove the weed burden but it won’t adversely disturb our cultural heritage,” Mr Dufty said.

The group will work with Melbourne University and Dr Graham Brodie to implement the project across Rowsley and Coimadai within the next six months.

The network is a collective of 12 landcare groups and five Friends groups across the Shire of Moorabool. It was one of 15 community organisations to receive a share of the $250,000 National Landcare Program funding for environmental projects in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.

The funding was provided through Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s 2017-18 community grants program. Westernport CMA chief executive David Buntine said the grants supported groups to be part of “the bigger picture” by identifying how their project contributes to regional and national environmental priorities.