Noxious Weeds

Noxious Weeds

A noxious weed is any weed that is declared noxious under the Noxious Weed Act 1993.

To be declared, a weed must have a detrimental effect or cause serious economic loss to agriculture or the environment.

A weed meeting the above criteria will only be declared noxious if there are reasonable means of controlling the weed.

Class 1, 2 and 5 weeds are Notifiable Weeds under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993. As Notifiable Weeds, their presence must be reported to the LCA (Hilltops Council) within 3 days or occupiers becoming aware of any plants on the land. They also must not be sold, propagated or knowingly transported. A Permit under Section 34 of the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 is required prior to the movement or transportation of any notifiable wood material.

Refer to Regional and Local Noxious Weeds for weed classifications.


Landholder obligations

The obligations for landholders and lessees in managing noxious weeds are listed below. Failure to uphold these may result in Weed Control Notices being served.

  • LANDHOLDERS must control noxious weeds on their land.
  • LESSEES of land must control noxious weeds on that property.
  • PERSONS RENTING property must control noxious weeds on that land.
  • THE PERSON(S) WHO HAS THE CARE CONTROL AND USE OF LAND IS THE OCCUPIER AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTROL OF NOXIOUS WEEDS.
  • BOUNDARY CONTROL of noxious weeds (approximately 40m from boundary fence lines) is compulsory in order to protect neighbouring properties.
  • NOXIOUS WEED PROGRAMS are essential for long term control and eradication.
  • Control of all noxious weeds along PROPERTY WATERWAYS (rivers, creeks and watercourses) is required.
  • Implement INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES combining the control methods of chemical, physical, biological and pasture competition.

Be a good neighbour – Control noxious weeds on your property!


Regional and local noxious weeds

Below is a list of classified noxious weeds in the Hilltops Council area (Hilltops and Yass Valley councils).

Class 1: State Prohibited Weeds

Class 1 noxious weeds are plants that pose a potentially serious threat to primary production or the environment and are not present in the State or are present only in limited extent.

The plant must be eradicated from the land and the land must be kept free of the plant.

A list can be viewed at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedDeclarations?Regionld=100

 

Class 2: Regionally Prohibited Weeds

Class 2 noxious weeds are plants that pose a potentially serious threat to primary production or the environment of a region but are not present in the region or are present only to limited extent.

The plant must be eradicated from the land and the land must be kept free of the plant.

A list can be viewed at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedDeclarations?Regionld=100

 

Class 3: Regionally Controlled Weeds

Class 3 noxious weeds are plants that pose a serious threat in primary production or the environment of an area and are not widely distributed in the area but are likely to spread in the area or to another area.

The weed must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed.

A list can be viewed at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedDeclarations?Regionld=100

Class 4: Locally Controlled Weeds

Class 4 noxious weeds are plants that pose a serious threat to primary production, the environment or human health, are widely distributed in an area and are likely to spread in the area or to another area.

The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread. The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed.

A list can be viewed at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedDeclarations?Regionld=100

Class 5: Restricted Plants

Class 5 noxious weeds are plants that are likely, by their sale or the sale of their seeds or movement within the State or area of the State, to spread in the State or outside the State.

The control objective is to prevent the introduction of those plants into NSW, the spread of those plants within NSW or from NSW to another jurisdiction. The aim is to prevent their sale, propagation and distribution. The requirements of the noxious weeds act 1993 for a notifiable weed must be complied with.

A list can be viewed at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/WeedDeclarations?RegionId=100

Weed information links are primarily provided by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

For noxious weeds in other areas, refer to the DPI Noxious Weeds tool.

Contact Hilltops Council if you require more information on any of the above noxious plants.


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