Farm Biosecurity - Weeds 

Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Weeds Officers are now called Biosecurity Officers. This aligns with the new Legislation governing weed management in NSW, the Biosecurity Act 2015. Council has appointed a dedicated Biosecurity Extension Officer to support landholders with information and advice on Biosecurity compliance through integrated weed management. 

Farm Biosecurity covers many aspects of land and livestock management, below are links to some useful online tools for managing Biosecurity on your farm.

What is farm biosecurity?

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests, diseases and weeds. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

Producers play a key role in protecting Australian plant and livestock industries from pests and diseases by implementing sound biosecurity measures on-farm.

If a new pest or disease becomes established on your farm, it will affect your business through increased costs (for monitoring, production practices, additional chemical use and labour), reduced productivity (in yield and/or quality) or loss of markets. Early detection and immediate reporting of an exotic pest or disease increase the chance of effective and efficient eradication.

The Farm Biosecurity program is an important part of Australia’s emergency animal disease and exotic plant pest surveillance systems. Surveillance allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities and provides evidence of Australia’s pest and animal disease status to support access to international markets.

Visit the Farm Biosecurity website or download the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner

The best defence against pests and diseases is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Use the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner to assess the risks on your farm and to take steps to address them. Refer to the planner periodically to check on progress and prioritise actions.

Farm Biosecurity App

The Farm Biosecurity App is for people on the go who want to bolster biosecurity on their farm. It’s based on the six biosecurity essentials, covering every aspect of your day-to-day activities. Download it directly to your phone or device.

Create your unique, customised farm profile and toolkit of resources at:

Biosecurity team
Would you like to develop an Integrated Weed Management Plan specific to your property? 
Call Council's Biosecurity Extension Officer to arrange a meeting on your property to work through developing a plan with you. This is a free service offered by Council to all landholders in the area. You can contact Council's Biosecurity Extension Officer, Angela Sharp  between Tuesday to Friday via: 
Phone: 6451 1173
Biosecurity / Weed Alert
Please advise your local Council Biosecurity (weeds) office if you have sighted the following weeds. Do not attempt to remove or destroy them. If possible confirm a GPS location and take a photo.

Orange Hawkweed Flower and Fruit


Orange Hawkweed plant has hairs on both sides of the leaves


Dense layer of Hawkweed stands

dense hawkweed stands

Chilean Needle Grass (Nassella trichotoma)           Coolatai Grass (Hyparrhenia hirta)

Chilean Needle Grass 2
Chilean Needle Grass
Coolatai Grass
Coolatai Grass 2
Identification and Control of Priority Weeds
Follow the titled links below  for information on identifying and controlling some priority weeds found in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area or conduct your own weed search on the DPI website at  NSW WeedWise
African Lovegrass
Cape Broom 
Chilean Needle Grass
Coolatai Grass
English or Scotch Broom
Nodding Thistle
Serrated Tussock 
St John's Wort
Sweet Briar

Snowy Monaro Region - Local Weed Management Plan
This plan details the specific control obligations for land managers within the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
Snowy Monaro Region - Local Weed Management Plan
Now is Time to Plan for the Autumn Control of Control Grassy Weeds
Now is the time to start planning your Autumn grassy weed control program. Priority weeds to control are African lovegrass and Serrated tussock. Aerial application of Flupropanate is a cost-effective way to control established infestations in hard to reach places. Council will coordinate an Autumn aerial spray program. Please contact Council’s Biosecurity Officers for more details.

Managing Flupropanate Resistant Serrated Tussock: Be alert not alarmed 


Practical Tips for effective weed control: 

•  Know your enemy – without successful weed ID, you can’t be sure you’re using the right technique, or even targeting the right plant. Councils Biosecurity Officers are available to assist you with weed identification on your property.

•  If you only control a site once, you’re probably wasting your time – weed control is a long-term project 

•  Weeds don’t respect boundaries – some populations will need cooperative approaches to control together with other land managers. Contact Councils Biosecurity Officers to help you coordinate a community weed control program.

•  Weeds love bare ground – avoid overgrazing, minimise soil and vegetation disturbance when working to minimise the number of weeds you'll have to control and replant where necessary. 

•  Always follow the label - read and follow the instructions on the labels of all herbicides you use – they’re not just there for decoration. 

•  Think about off-target damage - will your work affect local waterways, native plants or animals, neighbouring lands or create a public safety issue? 

•  Keep up your good weed hygiene practices – a few minutes spent cleaning vehicles and equipment can save days of work in years to come. Ensure visitors respect and adhere to your biosecurity practices. 

•  Know where to get the right information to control target weeds. Council’s Biosecurity Officers are available to help with current weed control recommendations. Refer to the NSW WeedWise website or download the free app.

•  If you’re not sure what it is, take a photo and/or bring a sample back for identification, as well as details of where you found it. Council’s Biosecurity Officers can assist you with plant identification.

Call Council today and together we can start planning for effective weed control next season 1300 345 345.

Serrated Tussock

Serrated Tussock

African Lovegras (Eragrostis Curvula)

African Lovegrass