Weeds that must be controlled
All plants in NSW are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant and who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Certain weed species have been identified as a State or regional priority and are detailed in the regional plan.
Information on most priority weeds in NSW is provided through the WeedWise website (or download the WeedWise app). For local information on most of the priority weeds known to occur in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region, see the short story links below.
Integrated weed management
Integrated weed management is the long term management of a weed using a combination of different management and control techniques. It is important to prioritise the weeds you need to control and develop a plan.
Herbicides are often an easy and cost-effective control technique. However, if the same chemical is used over and over the weed population on your property may build up resistance and eventually that herbicide may no longer work. We all have a responsibility to use chemicals carefully, including applying different herbicides from different group types (that have different modes of action), to reduce the risk of super weeds.
Stop the spread of weeds
Controlling weeds on your land will help stop them from spreading to neighbouring properties, but we also need to be careful not to move weed material around. If you have invasive weeds on your property make sure you don’t spread it.
If you bring feed and fodder to your property try to check whether there are any high priority weeds in the area where it is coming from. There have recently been outbreaks of Pathenium weed in NSW (this weed occurs in Queensland and is listed as Prohibited Matter in NSW), including from chook feed. Try to place these imported materials at a specific site and monitor for any new plants growing there in the coming years.
Be careful with garden plants. Some of them will spread and take over the natural environment or agricultural land if they escape. Council is currently working on a strategic project to help manage outbreaks of Ox-eye daisy that have become established across the south east.
Beware of machinery and equipment coming to your property from outside the area. Some Fireweed infestations appear to have come from the coast on machinery and maybe soil or turf.
Pest animals and diseases
The control of pest animals and diseases is managed by the State agency Local Land Services.
Call 1300 795 299 to contact your Local Land Service office.