On the 1 July 2017 the Noxious Weed Act 1993 was repealed and replaced with the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Act).

Biosecurity protects the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and weeds. As such, it is vital for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the state. The Western Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan focuses on managing weeds to improve the region’s biosecurity. Our vision is to protect the Western region’s environment, landscape, livelihood, cultural and lifestyle values from weeds by strengthening the sustainability of the natural environment, primary industries, and local communities in the region.

Local Councils are still responsible for enforcing weed legislation.  This includes activities such as:

  • Conducting weed inspections on public and private property;
  • Inspecting and controlling weeds in high risk pathways and sites;
  • Providing education, training and resources for both the public and staff in relation to weed management;
  • Administering and ensuring compliance with any of the above regulatory tools;
  • Responding to breaches of the Act;
  • Notifying and reporting on weed activities to the Biosecurity Information System (BIS).

Weed classification has changed and are now listed as:

Prohibited Matter

Biosecurity matter listed in Schedule 2, Part 1 of the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 for the purpose of preventing entry of that matter into NSW or a part of NSW. Prohibited matter relevant to the region is listed in Appendix A1.1 of this plan. Prohibited matter includes weeds nationally targeted for eradication and presently not in NSW.

Control Order

Establishes one or more control zones and related measures to prevent, eliminate, minimise or manage a biosecurity risk or impact. Control orders are for managing weeds under approved eradication programs and last for five years (or can be renewed for longer-term eradication programs). Weed Control Order 2017 (Part 6 Division 1) under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 will include weeds that are subject to a Control Order for the purpose of eradication. Further Control Orders will be proposed as needed to address subsequent eradication campaigns.

Biosecurity Zone

Aims at containment of a species and provides for ongoing strategic management in a defined area of the state. A Biosecurity Zone specifies the measures that must be taken in the defined area to manage the weed. Outcomes to demonstrate compliance with the GBD may also apply to the species either within the zone or outside it.

Mandatory Measures Regulation

Requires parties to take specific actions with respect to weeds or carriers of weeds. Mandatory Measures are defined in the regulations and include prohibition on certain dealings - including Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) (Division 8 Clause 33), Parthenium weed carriers - machinery and equipment (Division 8 Clause 35), and duty to notify of importation of plants into the state (Division 8 Clause 34). Mandatory measures relevant to the region are listed in Appendix 1.

General Biosecurity Duty (GBD)

The purpose of the GBD is to manage the spread and/or impact of all weeds that pose a biosecurity risk (2.3.1 above provides more detail). The GBD is in addition to any requirements included in a Control Order, Biosecurity Zone or other instrument made under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. For priority weeds, outcomes to demonstrate compliance with the GBD are detailed in Appendix 1 of this plan.

Priority Weeds for the Western

Note: This region includes the local council areas of Balranald, Bogan (upper), Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Carrathool (upper), Central Darling, Cobar, Hay (upper), Unincorporated and Wentworth.

Weed

Duty

Common Name & Botanical Name

All plants

General Biosecurity Duty

All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

African boxthorn

Mandatory Measure

Lycium ferocissimum

Must not be imported into the State or sold

African boxthorn

Regional Recommended Measure

Lycium ferocissimum

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Alligator weed

Mandatory Measure

Alternanthera philoxeroides

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Alligator weed

Biosecurity Zone

Alternanthera philoxeroides

The Alligator Weed Biosecurity Zone is established for all land within the state except land in the following regions: Greater Sydney; Hunter (but only in the local government areas of City of Lake Macquarie, City of Maitland, City of Newcastle or Port Stephens).

Within the Biosecurity Zone this weed must be eradicated where practicable, or as much of the weed destroyed as practicable, and any remaining weed suppressed. The local control authority must be notified of any new infestations of this weed within the Biosecurity Zone

Anchored water hyacinth

Prohibited Matter

Eichhornia azurea

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Arrowhead

Regional Recommended Measure

Sagittaria calycina var. calycina

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Notify local control authority if found.

Athel pine

Mandatory Measure

Tamarix aphylla

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Bellyache bush

Mandatory Measure

Jatropha gossypiifolia

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Bitou bush

Mandatory Measure

Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Bitou bush

Biosecurity Zone

Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata

The Bitou Bush Biosecurity Zone is established for all land within the State except land within 10 kilometres of the mean high water mark of the Pacific Ocean between Cape Byron in the north and Point Perpendicular in the south.

Within the Biosecurity Zone this weed must be eradicated where practicable, or as much of the weed destroyed as practicable, and any remaining weed suppressed. The local control authority must be notified of any new infestations of this weed within the Biosecurity Zone

Black knapweed

Prohibited Matter

Centaurea X moncktonii

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Black willow

Mandatory Measure

Salix nigra

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Blackberry

Mandatory Measure

Rubus fruticosus species aggregate

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Rubus fruiticosus species aggregate have this requirement, except for the varietals Black Satin, Chehalem, Chester Thornless, Dirksen Thornless, Loch Ness, Murrindindi, Silvan, Smooth Stem, and Thornfree

Boneseed

Mandatory Measure

Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. monilifera

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Boneseed

Control Order

Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. monilifera

Bonseed Control Zone: Whole of NSW

Boneseed Control Zone (Whole of NSW): Owners and occupiers of land on which there is boneseed must notify the local control authority of new infestations; immediately destroy the plants; ensure subsequent generations are destroyed; and ensure the land is kept free of the plant. A person who deals with a carrier of boneseed must ensure the plant (and any seed and propagules) is not moved from the land; and immediately notify the local control authority of the presence of the plant.

Boxing glove cactus

Mandatory Measure

Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Boxing glove cactus

Regional Recommended Measure

Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Notify local control authority if found.

Bridal creeper

Mandatory Measure

Asparagus asparagoides

Must not be imported into the State or sold

*this requirement also applies to the Western Cape form of bridal creeper

Bridal creeper

Regional Recommended Measure

Asparagus asparagoides

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Bridal veil creeper

Prohibited Matter

Asparagus declinatus

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Broomrapes

Prohibited Matter

Orobanche species

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species of Orobanche are Prohibited Matter in NSW, except the natives Orobanche cernua var. australiana and Orobanche minor

Burr ragweed

Regional Recommended Measure

Ambrosia confertiflora

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.

Cabomba

Mandatory Measure

Cabomba caroliniana

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Cane cactus

Mandatory Measure

Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Austrocylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Cape broom

Mandatory Measure

Genista monspessulana

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Cat's claw creeper

Mandatory Measure

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Chilean needle grass

Mandatory Measure

Nassella neesiana

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Climbing asparagus

Mandatory Measure

Asparagus africanus

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Climbing asparagus fern

Mandatory Measure

Asparagus plumosus

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Clockweed

Regional Recommended Measure

Oenothera curtiflora

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.

Common pear

Mandatory Measure

Opuntia stricta

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Common pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia stricta

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

*This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Opuntia except for Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig)

Coolatai grass

Regional Recommended Measure

Hyparrhenia hirta

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.

Eurasian water milfoil

Prohibited Matter

Myriophyllum spicatum

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Fireweed

Mandatory Measure

Senecio madagascariensis

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Flax-leaf broom

Mandatory Measure

Genista linifolia

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Frogbit

Prohibited Matter

Limnobium laevigatum

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species of Limnobium are Prohibited Matter

Gamba grass

Prohibited Matter

Andropogon gayanus

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Giant reed

Regional Recommended Measure

Arundo donax

Exclusion zone: whole region except for the core infestation area of Wentworth Shire Council

Whole region: Land managers should mitigate the risk of the plant being introduced to their land. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Exclusion zone: The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Core infestation area: Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Gorse

Mandatory Measure

Ulex europaeus

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Grey sallow

Mandatory Measure

Salix cinerea

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Ground asparagus

Mandatory Measure

Asparagus aethiopicus

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Harrisia cactus

Regional Recommended Measure

Harrisia species

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land. The plant or parts of the plant should not be traded, carried, grown or released into the environment.

This Regional Recommended Measure applies to Harrisia martinii

Hawkweeds

Prohibited Matter

Hieracium species

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species in the genus Hieracium are Prohibited Matter

Hudson pear

Mandatory Measure

Cylindropuntia rosea

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Hudson pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Cylindropuntia rosea

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Notify local control authority if found.

Hydrocotyl

Prohibited Matter

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Hymenachne

Mandatory Measure

Hymenachne amplexicaulis and hybrids

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Indian fig

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia ficus-indica

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Karroo thorn

Prohibited Matter

Vachellia karroo

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Kochia

Prohibited Matter

Bassia scoparia

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Excluding the subspecies trichophylla

Koster's curse

Prohibited Matter

Clidemia hirta

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Lagarosiphon

Prohibited Matter

Lagarosiphon major

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Lantana

Mandatory Measure

Lantana camara

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Madeira vine

Mandatory Measure

Anredera cordifolia

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Mesquite

Mandatory Measure

Prosopis species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the genus Prosopis have this requirement

Mesquite

Regional Recommended Measure

Prosopis species

Exclusion zone: whole region except for the core infestation area of Evelyn, Yantara, Mootwingee, Yancowinna, Menindee, Tandora, Livingstone and Windeyer counties

Whole region: Land managers should mitigate the risk of the plant being introduced to their land. Exclusion zone: The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Core infestation area: Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Mexican feather grass

Prohibited Matter

Nassella tenuissima

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Miconia

Prohibited Matter

Miconia species

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species of Miconia are Prohibited Matter in NSW

Mikania vine

Prohibited Matter

Mikania micrantha

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

*all species in the genus Mikania are Prohibited Matter in NSW

Mimosa

Prohibited Matter

Mimosa pigra

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Mother-of-millions

Regional Recommended Measure

Bryophyllum species

Exclusion zone: whole region except core infestation area of maintained gardens

Whole region: Plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment (except in maintained gardens). Exclusion Zone: The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Land managers should mitigate the risk of the plant being introduced to their land. Core infestation: Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

This Regional Recommended Measure also applies to Bryophyllum hybrids

Parkinsonia

Mandatory Measure

Parkinsonia aculeata

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Parkinsonia

Control Order

Parkinsonia aculeata

Parkinsonia Control Zone: Whole of NSW

Parkinsonia Control Zone (Whole of NSW): Owners and occupiers of land on which there is parkinsonia must notify the local control authority of new infestations; immediately destroy the plants; ensure subsequent generations are destroyed; and ensure the land is kept free of the plant. A person who deals with a carrier of parkinsonia must ensure the plant (and any seed and propagules) is not moved from the land; and immediately notify the local control authority of the presence of the plant.

Parthenium weed

Prohibited Matter

Parthenium hysterophorus

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Parthenium weed

Mandatory Measure

Parthenium hysterophorus

The following equipment must not be imported into NSW from Queensland: grain harvesters (including the comb or front), comb trailers (including the comb or front), bins used for holding grain during harvest operations, augers or similar for moving grain, vehicles used to transport grain harvesters, support vehicles driven in paddocks during harvest operations, mineral exploration drilling rigs and vehicles used to transport those rigs, unless set out as an exception in Division 5, Part 2 of the Biosecurity Order (Permitted Activities) 2017

Pond apple

Prohibited Matter

Annona glabra

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Prickly acacia

Prohibited Matter

Vachellia nilotica

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Prickly pears - Austrocylindropuntias

Mandatory Measure

Austrocylindropuntia species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Austrocylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Prickly pears - Cylindropuntias

Mandatory Measure

Cylindropuntia species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Cylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Prickly pears - Opuntias

Mandatory Measure

Opuntia species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Except for Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig)

Prickly pears - Opuntias

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia species

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Opuntia except for Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig)

Rope pear

Mandatory Measure

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Cylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Rope pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Rubber vine

Prohibited Matter

Cryptostegia grandiflora

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Sagittaria

Mandatory Measure

Sagittaria platyphylla

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Sagittaria

Regional Recommended Measure

Sagittaria platyphylla

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Notify local control authority if found.

Salvinia

Mandatory Measure

Salvinia molesta

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Scotch broom

Mandatory Measure

Cytisus scoparius subsp. scoparius

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Serrated tussock

Mandatory Measure

Nassella trichotoma

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Siam weed

Prohibited Matter

Chromolaena odorata

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Silverleaf nightshade

Mandatory Measure

Solanum elaeagnifolium

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Silverleaf nightshade

Regional Recommended Measure

Solanum elaeagnifolium

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Smooth tree pear

Mandatory Measure

Opuntia monacantha

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Smooth tree pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia monacantha

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

*This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Opuntia except for Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig)

Snakefeather

Mandatory Measure

Asparagus scandens

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Spiny burrgrass - longispinus

Regional Recommended Measure

Cenchrus longispinus

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land. Plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment.

Spiny burrgrass - spinifex

Regional Recommended Measure

Cenchrus spinifex

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land. Plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment.

Spongeplant

Prohibited Matter

Limnobium spongia

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species of Limnobium are Prohibited Matter

Spotted knapweed

Prohibited Matter

Centaurea stoebe subsp. micranthos

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

Tiger pear

Mandatory Measure

Opuntia aurantiaca

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Tiger pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia aurantiaca

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Tropical soda apple

Control Order

Solanum viarum

Tropical Soda Apple Control Zone: Whole of NSW

Tropical Soda Apple Control Zone (Whole of NSW): Owners and occupiers of land on which there is tropical soda apple must notify the local control authority of new infestations; destroy the plants including the fruit; ensure subsequent generations are destroyed; and ensure the land is kept free of the plant. A person who deals with a carrier of tropical soda apple must ensure the plant (and any seed and propagules) is not moved from the land; and immediately notify the local control authority of the presence of the plant on the land, or on or in a carrier.

Velvety tree pear

Mandatory Measure

Opuntia tomentosa

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Velvety tree pear

Regional Recommended Measure

Opuntia tomentosa

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Opuntia except for Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig)

Water caltrop

Prohibited Matter

Trapa species

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries

All species in the Trapa genus are Prohibited Matter in NSW

Water hyacinth

Mandatory Measure

Eichhornia crassipes

Must not be imported into the State or sold.

Water hyacinth

Biosecurity Zone

Eichhornia crassipes

The Water Hyacinth Biosecurity Zone applies to all land within the State, except for the following regions: Greater Sydney or North Coast, North West (but only the local government area of Moree Plains), Hunter (but only in the local government areas of City of Cessnock, City of Lake Macquarie, MidCoast, City of Maitland, City of Newcastle or Port Stephens), South East (but only in the local government areas of Eurobodalla, Kiama, City of Shellharbour, City of Shoalhaven or City of Wollongong).

Within the Biosecurity Zone this weed must be eradicated where practicable, or as much of the weed destroyed as practicable, and any remaining weed suppressed. The local control authority must be notified of any new infestations of this weed within the Biosecurity Zone.

Water hyacinth

Regional Recommended Measure

Eichhornia crassipes

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Notify local control authority if found.

Water soldier

Prohibited Matter

Stratiotes aloides

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

Willow rhus

Regional Recommended Measure

Searsia lancea

Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.

Willows

Mandatory Measure

Salix species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Salix genus have this requirement, except Salix babylonica (weeping willows ), Salix x calodendron (pussy willow) and Salix x reichardtii (sterile pussy willow)

Witchweeds

Prohibited Matter

Striga species

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

All species in the Striga genus are Prohibited Matter in NSW, except the native Striga parviflora

Yellow burrhead

Prohibited Matter

Limnocharis flava

A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

Further Information and Resources

There are plenty of sources of information regarding weeds; it can become overwhelming! Here are some useful sources of information to help you learn more about weeds:

Cobar Shire Council - Weed Management Staff

Council Office:

36 Linsley St
(PO Box 223)
COBAR NSW 2835 
Phone: (02) 6836 5888
Fax: (02) 6836 5889

Melissa Gunn - Noxious Weeds Officer
Mobile: 0428 273 578
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Local Land Services: Each Local Land Services regional has developed with local knowledge, research and rigorous assessment has developed a 5 year Regional Strategic Weed Manangement Plant to manage weeds. 

Western WeedsWebsite for the Macquarie Valley Weeds Advisory Committee (MVWAC) and Lachlan Valley Weeds Advisory Committee (LVWAC). These committees cover a combined area of more than 350 000 sq kms, equal to over 40% of NSW.

NSW Department of Primary Industries: New South Wales Government department website with plenty of information about weed management, noxious weed declarations, publications, etc.

Weeds In Australia: A national website resource hosted by the Australian Weeds Committee to promote access to key weed policies, regulations, current issues, national initiatives, research, extension, training and personnel.

The Nursery and Garden Industry NSW & ACTNGINA website provides an extensive range of information about gardens, gardening, invasive plants, and local nurseries.

Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management: This website is an excellent reference containing a substantial amount of general and technical information regarding weed management including guidelines, research, fact sheets, education and training resources.