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.
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Local government delivers services for communities across New South Wales (NSW). These are grouped broadly into five core functions and services: protecting the local environment, providing and maintaining infrastructure, safeguarding public health, supporting community development and planning for sustainable development (Councillor Handbook, Office of Local Government, 2017).
Managing weeds is part of providing these five core services. Different weeds create different problems in different parts of NSW, and councils are best placed to make or inform decisions about the weeds management priorities for their local communities. Responsive weeds management is a strategic, ongoing component of local government work.
NSW local government has had a legal responsibility for managing weeds across their lands for more than 100 years. Weeds management has been legislated under a number of Acts in that time, and is now legislated under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act) and Biosecurity Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) – see Section 2.
The Act maintains local councils as the local control authority for weeds within their area of operation – see Section 3. This provides continuity in weeds management, while other key stakeholders support local government initiatives to manage weeds – see Section 5
As local control authorities for weeds Councils:
Curious about what weeds are in your vicinity and what’s growing nearby that you need to keep an eye out for? Have a look at Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s weeds distribution maps at the links below.
St Johns Wort
Chilean Needle Grass (Nassella trichotoma) Coolatai Grass (Hyparrhenia hirta)
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.