Information For Landholders

Responsibilities of Owners and Occupiers of Land

Owners and occupiers of rural and urban land are reminded that it is everyone's General Biosecurity Duty to control weeds on their land.

An occupier of land who is given an Individual Biosecurity Direction or who enters into a Biosecurity Undertaking to control weeds, must control all weeds on the land as required under the terms of that direction or undertaking.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 failure to do so leaves owners and occupiers liable for fines and further compliance action.

Snowy Monaro Region - Local Weed Management Plan(PDF, 2MB)

Biosecurity Act 2015

It is every landholder's responsibility to be aware of weeds issues. The aim of weed control is to destroy the pest plant, deplete weed seed reserves and constantly inhibit future growth of the weeds. In some cases it is necessary to also remove stolons and rhizomes, which may allow the plant to propagate vegetatively.

Weeds disposal at Council Landfills

Snowy Monaro Regional Council now provides a dedicated weed disposal facility at each of its three landfill sites to facilitate the safe and effective disposal of weed material. In discharging its General Biosecurity Duty, Council has a responsibility to ensure that it takes appropriate measures to minimise the risk of weed spread from these facilities.

Weed material accepted

Weeds accepted at Council’s Waste and Recycling facilities are those identified as Biosecurity Matter in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015, the South East Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 and the Snowy Monaro Region Local Weed Management Plan 2017-2022. Weed disposal facilities are not to be used for the disposal of household green waste.

Procedure - Disposal of Weed Material at SMRC Waste and Recycling Facilities(PDF, 257KB)

A guide for rural landholders

The Rural Living Handbook is a guide to help rural landholders experience the wonderful aspects of rural life as well as to raise awareness of the risks and responsibilities that come with that lifestyle. It is for:

  • people who are new to rural life in NSW
  • prospective rural property owners
  • owners of hobby farms and lifestyle blocks
  • people who are having a go at primary production for the first time
  • long-term property owners who want further resources on living sustainably in a rural area.