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 humans.
Many local bushland reserves are under threat from weeds escaping from gardens, with birds eating and spreading the seeds or from vegetation and grass clippings dumped into the bush. Weeds can take hold of an area quickly, impacting local biodiversity by smothering native plants and altering wildlife habitat.
Weed legislation has been reformed, with the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 replacing the Noxious Weed Act,1993. This aim of the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 is to allow effective risk-based management of biosecurity in NSW and provide a statutory framework to protect the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and weeds.
Weeds are now divided into State, Regional and Local Priority Weeds (formerly referred to as Noxious Weeds). The Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Weed 2017 - 2022 identifies State and Regional Priority Weeds and outcomes to demonstrate compliance with the General Biosecurity Duty. Council is a member of the Sydney North Sub Regional Weeds Committee, which coordinates a regional approach to weed management, including the development of local management plans for Local Priority Weeds.
Priority Weeds threaten natural biological diversity, human health and property and/or agricultural productivity. Not all weeds identified as Priority Weeds are found in Lane Cove at present, but they have the potential to become serious weeds or are already serious weeds elsewhere in NSW. They are identified so that they can be eradicated or controlled as soon as they appear.
Which species are Priority Weeds?
Visit the NSW Department of Primary Industry website to view the Priority Weeds list for the Lane Cove Local Government Area and how best to manage them.
Who is responsible for controlling Priority Weeds?
Weeds are everyone's responsibility. Together we can help minimise the harmful impacts of weeds on our environment.
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, as the Local Control Authority, Council has a legal obligation to manage the biosecurity risk posed or likely to be posed to human health, the economy, community and the environment by weeds. This includes managing weeds on Council land and inspecting private land to ensure land owners/managers are carrying out their obligations.
Under the same Act, all landowners or land managers have a responsibility to control Priority Weeds on their property, knownn as a General Biosecurity Duty.
If you notice invasive weeds coming up on your property, you will need to control them as soon as possible to prevent them spreading to other properties or into bushland.
If Council's Authorised Officers believe that the land owner/occupier is failing in their Biosecurity Duty to control weeds on their land, then they can issue a Biosecurity Direction to prevent, eliminate or minimise the biosecurity risk.
How can I identify Weeds?
Here are some useful websites to help you identify a weed species:
NSW Weedwise - Department of Primary Industry
Australian Government Weed Identification Tool
Council staff can also help to identify weeds and provide advice on weed removal. For assistance or to report weeds, please contact Council on 9911 3555. You may also present weed samples at Council's Customer Serice Centre for identification.
Councils Backyard Habitat Program is a free program for residents providing guidance on creating native habitat gardens, including the identification and advice on weeds and their removal. Contact Council's Backyard Habitat Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9911 3654.
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