Shoalhaven City Council is reminding residents that it is the responsibility of all land owners and occupiers to ensure fireweed is managed effectively throughout the City.
Fireweed is a highly invasive and opportunistic weed which can quickly colonise overgrazed areas and disturb pastures.
Native to east Africa, the weed can reduce the grazing capacity of a property, decrease pasture potential, reduce livestock growth rates and incur high control costs.
Council Noxious Weed Manager, Ian Borrowdale said that with Fireweed having been declared noxious in two differing control categories it was important that local residents familiarise themselves with the control requirements of the area in which they reside.
Mr Borrowdale said he was encouraging local residents to remain aware of Fireweed infestations and follow the control orders as advised by the NSW State Government.
“With the recent rains and the onset of the cooler weather Fireweed has begun germinating throughout the City,” said Mr Borrowdale.
“Category three areas including Kangaroo Valley and areas of Southern Shoalhaven form the Control Area and require the full suppression and destruction of Fireweed on local properties and roadsides.
“Other local areas are designated Category four. This is termed the Management Area and still requires continuous control work by property owners to ensure the weed does not spread.”
“The most popular methods of implementing control include slashing, spraying, cultivation or using grazing animals including goats or sheep to prevent the plant from setting seed and spreading to other areas.”
Mr Borrowdale said Council inspectors are currently inspecting properties and requiring appropriate work be carried out in some areas.
“Council will respond to requests from the community to inspect properties infested with fireweed,” said Mr Borrowdale.
“If, in these instances, a successful management plan has not been implemented land owners will be required to undertake control actions.”
“Council welcomes reports of Fireweed from the community either on the roadside or on private properties in the control zone.”
To report an infestation of Fireweed in the control zone or to obtain further information about noxious weeds please call Council’s Noxious Weeds Office on 4429 3832.
CONTACT: Noxious Weed Manager, Ian Borrowdale - 0402037106