MidCoast Council manages weeds under the NSW biosecurity framework and associated tools. These exist to safeguard our economy, environment and community.
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 everyone has a legal obligation to manage identified priority weeds on land that they own or occupy.
Council's role is to work with landowners and occupiers to help them meet their general biosecurity duty according to the Act. This includes:
- Helping to identify priority weeds.
- Providing advice and information on ways to manage weeds.
- Providing displays at community events about weeds.
- An ongoing program of rural and urban inspections to check for priority weeds.
- Weed management in the MidCoast area is conducted strategically, on a priority basis, as available funds allow.
There's plenty you can do to help us manage weeds across the MidCoast and keep our natural environment beautiful!
Visit our 'Weed Management Projects' page to find out about our current herbicide spraying and other weeds management projects, including Senegal Tea eradication, roadside vegetation spraying and more!
What are 'Priority Weeds'?
A "priority weed" is a plant that has been assessed to cause severe economic loss to agriculture and significantly impact our natural and recreational environments.
Priority weeds have been determined on State, regional and local levels.
For a list of priority weeds on a State and regional level, visit www.weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au
Alternatively, the NSW Government has produced a "NSW WeedWise" app which can be downloaded for free via the Android or Apple app stores.
The Hunter Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 is also available for download here.
For a detailed guide to responsible gardening that's specific to our region, you can download the free book below:
Priority Weed Inspections
MidCoast Council undertakes routine inspections of all land throughout the Local Government Area to identify priority weed growth.
We also provide assistance and information to landholders to help them discharge any Biosecurity Duty.
You can also ask us to inspect your property.
We always prefer the owner or occupier to be there during an inspection, this way we can give advice and answer any questions.
What happens if any priority weeds are found?
After an inspection we send a report with a list of the priority weeds found.
We also give you information about how to control weeds where possible.
If you don’t control the weeds as required, management may be enforced. This may include penalties and additional fees and charges.
Pesticide Use Notification Plan
Our Pesticide Use Notification Plan sets out the process we follow to inform the community about pesticide use in the local area, including outdoor public places owned or controlled by Council.
Council ensures that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and the environment.
The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides, if they wish.