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Weeds generally can be described as plants growing outside their natural environment causing negative impacts on the economy, environment or local community.
They are one of the major threats to our unique environment and agricultural industries.
Weed management is an essential activity as it safeguards our economy, environment and community.
Everyone has a legal obligation to manage identified priority weeds on land that they own or occupy under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
Council manages weeds as outlined in the NSW Biosecurity framework and associated tools and are committed to the ongoing management of the risks posed by weeds.
Council supports an extensive weeds program including:
We have developed a Pesticide Use Notification Plan so members of the community have access to information on local pesticide use.
The plan contains information on the public places where pesticides are used and the notification arrangements, we use to inform the public.
Check our weekly Pesticide Program
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 Shoalhaven City Council as the Local Control Authority has a legal obligation to manage the biosecurity risk posed or likely to be posed to human health, the economy, community and environment by Priority Weeds.
We meet these obligations through programs to:
All plants are regulated by the general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose.
Any person who deals with any plant, who knows or ought to know of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure that the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, as far as is reasonably practicable.
The negative impacts Priority Weeds or Biosecurity Matter can have on human health, the economy, and the environment include:
Council’s weed management plans manage the main Priority Weeds found across the Shoalhaven.
Our Shoalhaven Weed Management document outlines:
These plans provide a guideline to Council and land managers on how to effectively manage priority weeds in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA).
Plans have been developed for the following weeds:
Garden weed escapees put pressure on our Shoalhaven biodiversity. The biggest problem areas are where native bush adjoins housing areas.
Garden weed escapees invade natural bush lands and can transform ecosystems by displacing native animals and reducing native plant diversity.
Most of Shoalhaven’s environmental weeds start from seeds spread from suburban gardens by water, wind, birds, bikes, cars, earth-moving equipment, illegal tracks or dumped garden waste.
Some key plant species that spread easily into neighboring bush land include:
If you know your weeds you can get rid of them quickly and help protect our unique natural environment.
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Last updated on 22 March 2021