Importance of weed management
Weeds are essentially defined as a plant growing in the wrong place. Some weed plants can have a minor impact, others can threaten agriculture, human health, and the environment including bushland areas, roadsides and waterways.
To reduce weeds, the whole community needs to help. Many weeds can travel across property boundaries and in some cases, landowners may need to take action on their land to protect others.
Identify and control weeds
Serious weeds are classified as noxious weeds under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, other weeds are called environmental weeds.
Both types of weeds can:
- damage the natural environment, waterways and coastal areas
- damage agricultural areas
- poison livestock
- overtake native plants and destroy local habitat
- cause allergic reactions in people
- impact recreational facilities and activities.
Our top 20 weeds
Weed control laws
You are responsible for managing weeds on your property (under Local Law 17 and the Catchment and Land Protection Act) and we are responsible for land and water areas under our management.
We also have the authority to ask landowners to control weeds on their property and to issue fines where necessary under Local Law 17.