The purchase of rural land is a major decision and the presence of weeds and their ongoing management costs is often overlooked, especially by people with little or no experience in rural land management.
Before signing a contract, prospective purchasers should carefully consider the following:
- Are there significant weed infestations on the land and are these being managed?
- What are the costs of the continual weed control?
- If the land is to be used for farming, will weed infestations lead to production losses?
Privacy laws prevent Council from disclosing weed infestation information to prospective buyers without the owner's consent, however it may be helpful to arrange for someone who knows about weeds to inspect the property with you. If weeds are found, a weed spraying contractor(PDF, 493KB) can provide an estimate of how much control work will cost.