Our weed projects and strategies
How we are tackling weeds
We have a number of programs that help landowners tackle weeds, including grants, weed identification days and ongoing community projects.
Weed control grants
Our Weed Control Grants are open to any landowner or manager of private property to help control weeds on their property and across property boundaries. Environmental groups can also apply.
Weed Management Strategy
The 2019–29 Weed Management Strategy aims to reduce weed infestations in public and private bushland, roadsides and waterways across Cardinia Shire. These infestations threaten agriculture, human health and the environment.
The strategy outlines how Council, the community and organisations shold work together to manage weeds across all land, regardless of ownership.
Cardinia Shire has 400 species of weeds. 36 are declared species under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, and 8 are weeds of national significance.
Weedbusters week is a national program held annually in the first week of September.
During Weedbusters Week, we hold activities around Cardinia Shire to raise awareness about the effect weeds can have on the environment, and the social and economic impact on the community.
Activities have included weed identification days where residents can swap weeds from their properties for native plants.
Cardinia Creek Riparian Rehabilitation Project
This project targets weeds on public land alongside Cardinia Creek between Beaconsfield and Cardinia Reservoir Park to help rehabilitate and protect the bushland areas along the creek.
We have partnered with Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, the Cardinia Environment Coalition, Cardinia Creek Landcare Group, and the Friends of Cardinia Creek to deliver the project.
It is funded through the Victorian Government’s Peri Urban Weed Partnership Initiative 2017–20, as well as other agencies and community groups. It is administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The project also supports the nearby Cardinia Creek Parklands project similar project in the City of Casey.