Weeds are one of the biggest environmental issues. Learn about the measures Council takes to address weeds and what you can do as a land owner or occupier.
A weed can be defined simply as a plant that is growing out of place, or in an unsuitable location. However, some weeds are declared to be 'priority weeds' by the Department of Primary Industries due to the significant negative impact that they can have on the community, the environment or the economy.
WEEDS LEGISLATION HAS CHANGED
On 1 July 2017 the new Biosecurity Act 2015 commenced, supported by the Biosecurity Regulations 2017. This replaced a number of Acts including the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.
Within the Singleton area, there are two main types of weeds that are dealt with which are:
- Noxious weeds - those plant species declared by NSW Agriculture and Council under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993. They are declared because they threaten human health and property, agricultural productivity and natural biological diversity.
- Environmental weeds - introduced plants which have invaded natural ecosystems. They are highly invasive due to their rapid growth, ability to produce lots of seeds that can survive a long time and very effective dispersal methods. Some environmental weeds are also classified as noxious weeds.
To view the full list of priority weeds for the Singleton Local Government Area, visit NSW Weedwise and select 'Singleton' from the region drop down list. Alternatively, a corresponding app can be downloaded to give you greater detail if out in the field identifying weed species.
COMMUNITY CONQUERING WEEDS
All occupiers of land (including urban, rural, private and public) are responsible for ensuring that the risks posed by weeds found on their land are prevented, eliminated or minimised according to the Biosecurity Act 2015. The occupier in relation to land, includes any person having the care, control or management of the land.
The general biosecurity duty information provided on the Department of Primary Industries website provides further information about your responsibilities in relation to weeds and what you can do to stop the spread.
In accordance to the Noxious Weed Act 1993, and the Biosecurity Act 2015, all occupiers of land are required to ensure that any risk posed by a weed species on their land are prevented, eliminated or minimised. The occupier in relation to land, includes any person having the care, control or management of the land. This includes:
- Controlling current infestations
- Preventing infestation
- Eradicating weed species where possible
COUNCIL CONQUERING WEEDS
Council staff plan, manage and control declared priority and environmental weeds within the local government area to ensure compliance with all relevant acts, regulations, and standards and will help you identify weeds on your property.
Singleton Council is responsible for controlling priority weeds on council owned and managed land. Council's role is to work with landowners and occupiers to help you with your responsibilities according to the Noxious Weeds Act and
Hunter Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017 - 2022.
- Identifying weeds
- Providing advice and information on ways to control weeds
- Providing displays at community events about weeds
- An ongoing program of rural and urban inspections to check for noxious weeds
- Noxious weed management in the Singleton local government area