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.
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.
- 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.