Weed control

Overview

Weeds are plants growing out of their natural habitat, from other countries or other parts of Australia. For example, Queensland Umbrella Tree is a weed in northern NSW.

They are a particular concern in our region because we live in an area with extremely high biodiversity including the highest number of threatened species in the State.

The spread of weeds in our Shire is due to:

  • our fertile soils
  • warm and moist climate
  • the degree of land clearing and urban development (disturbances)
  • bushland remnants often being in close proximity to human habitations 

Many of our serious weeds have been deliberately introduced for horticultural purposes (e.g. Camphor Laurel, Lantana, Cat's Claw Creeper, Madeira Vine, Privet's, Ground Asparagus, Ochna/Mickey Mouse Plant) and have spread from where they were planted by various dispersal mechanisms. 

Who's responsible?

Under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, the control of weeds on all land in NSW is the responsibility of the owner or the manager of the land.  

For information:

  • Rous County Council provides information about weed biosecurity and control, to assist you with identification, prevention and eradication of weeds on your land. 
  • Local Land Services North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan sets the visions and goals for weed management on the North Coast including Byron Shire and outlines strategies and actions to achieve outcomes based on principles of shared responsibility, sustainable landscapes, collaborative leadership and innovation. 

Help reduce the impact of weeds

  • Know which plants are weeds. 

    You may be surprised to learn that garden plants such as  Murraya, Night Jasmine, Duranta, Cocos Palm, Cherry Guava, Qld Umbrella Tree, Coral Berry, Ice-cream Bean and many others, readily invade native bushland where they can cause significant environmental problems.  Identify weeds at NSW Dept of Primary Industries website.

  • Do not plant species recognised as weeds.

    Plant local natives instead of species that are weeds. If you decide not to remove a plant that is a known environmental weed, you should at least remove fruits and seeds to prevent the plants being spread. 

  • Do not dump or spread weeds or their seeds in bushland, reserves, roadsides or creek lines. 

    You should either compost weeds on site, place them in the green bin or take them to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. Please note Madeira Vine cannot be disposed of by these methods.  Check the NSW Dept of Primary Industries website for control methods.