Legislation has recently changed in regards to noxious weeds, the Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in September 2015 and will replace all or part of 14 Acts including the Noxious Weed Act,1993. This webpage has not been updated yet to refelct the new legislation.
Not all weeds identified as noxious in
Lane Cove at present grow here but they have the potential to become serious
weeds or already are serious weeds elsewhere in NSW. They are identified so that
they can be eradicated or controlled as soon as they appear.
What is a Weed?
Weeds are plant species that are out of place in the natural
environment. They can often produce vast quantities of seed which spread across
into the natural ecosystem by wind, water, birds (and other animals) and
What are Noxious
Noxious weeds are
those plant species declared by NSW Agriculture and Council under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993. They are declared because they
threaten human health and property, agricultural productivity and natural
A comprehensive listing of all noxious
weeds within Lane Cove Councils' control area is available here.
What are Environmental
Environmental weeds are introduced plants which have invaded natural
ecosystems. These weeds become highly invasive due to their rapid growth, high
fecundity (seed production and longevity) and very effective dispersal methods.
Some environmental weeds are also classified as noxious weeds.
Noxious and environmental weeds compete with native plants for
sunlight, moisture and nutrients. They can dominate and stifle the germination
of native plants.
the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993?
The Noxious Weeds Act, 1993 is the legislative Act governing all
aspects of noxious weeds throughout NSW. Under this Act, Lane Cove Council can
enforce penalties on land holders failing to control noxious weeds growing on
their property. The Act also classifies noxious weeds into five control
categories. The NSW
Department of Primary Industries is the government authority that has
responsibility for and declares noxious weeds.
Who is responsible for controlling Noxious
Owners and occupiers of property in the Lane Cove Municipality are
obliged to comply with the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993.
Lane Cove Council also has the responsibility to comply with the
Noxious Weeds Act on land under its control. Government land is the
responsibility of the government department, which has control over the
For each category of noxious weed, there is specific criteria for
control of those weeds. Noxious weeds in the category Class 4 have specific
management plans which can be viewed below.
Class 4 Management Plans
If you like further information about identification, suggested
weed removal techniques and to report suspected noxious weeds please contact
Lane Cove Council on 02 9911 3555 during business hours Mon to
You may also present samples of noxious weeds at Council's Customer
Service Centre for identification.
You may find these
websites helpful for further information and references: