Weeds cause significant damage to our unique environment and it is up to all of us to help control them.
What is a weed?
A weed is a plant that is growing out of its place. There are two main kinds of weeds:
Noxious weeds that are listed in the NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993. Examples include madeira vine, privet and lantana.
Environmental weeds that are not listed as noxious but that readily spread throughout gardens and bushland.
Why control weeds?
Weeds can rapidly spread throughout gardens and bushland, competing with native bushland or plants we want in our gardens. It can lead to the loss of native plants and animals, reduced water quality and reduced biodiversity.
The NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993 requires the management of noxious weeds to ensure that people, livestock, our gardens and our bushland are protected from these weeds.
Who is responsible for controlling weeds?
Section 12 of the Act requires that an occupier of land must manage the noxious weeds on that land. Occupier includes the owner, resident, tenant or lessee.
Sections 13 and 14 require public authorities and local control authorities to manage noxious weeds on land they occupy.
Section 36 of the Act requires Council, as the local control authority, to implement the requirements of the Act.
How does Council control weeds on private property?
It is Council's responsibility to make sure land occupiers are controlling any noxious weeds that are on their property. Council tries very hard to do this in cooperation with the occupier.
The process begins with an inspection of the property. Council officers will never enter your property without permission and they will always carry appropriate identification.
If noxious weeds are found you will receive an information package identifying the weed, its location and the best control methods. In the vast majority of cases residents are pleased to know about the weeds and grateful for the help removing them.
If an occupier does not cooperate in removing the weeds Council may need to take action against them. This can include fines to the owner/occupier with additional costs for the removal of the weeds.
If you need any further information phone Council on (02) 6895 1900 or email@example.com
How can I control weeds in my garden?
STEP ONE: Don't plant weeds in the first place. Use locally native or non-invasive plants.
STEP TWO: Stop the weeds from flowering, fruiting and spreading. This can involve the removal of fruit and the cutting of vines from trees and fences. Make sure green waste from your garden is not thrown into bushland or drains.
STEP THREE: The ultimate solution is to remove the weeds altogether. This will often involve manual and chemical treatment of the plants.
What are the best weed control methods?
Here are some common demonstrated methods of treating noxious and environmental weeds. Note that some of the treatment methods are more suitable for one type of weed than another and they often require repeated treatment to achieve complete removal. These brochures are available from the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators website.
Do I need to be careful when using herbicides?
Yes. Always follow the directions on the label and the associated Materials Safety Data Sheet. For more information see the Noxious and Environmental Weed Control Handbook.