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Weeds

On the 1 July 2017 the Noxious Weed Act 1993 was repealed and replaced with the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Act).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
Common Name & Botanical Name
Duty
All plantsGeneral 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 boxthornMandatory Measure
Lycium ferocissimumMust not be imported into the State or sold
African boxthornRegional Recommended Measure
Lycium ferocissimumLand managers should mitigate spread from their land.
Alligator weedMandatory Measure
Alternanthera philoxeroidesMust not be imported into the State or sold
Alligator weedBiosecurity 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 hyacinthProhibited Matter
Eichhornia azureaA 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
ArrowheadRegional Recommended Measure
Sagittaria calycina var. calycinaLand 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 pineMandatory Measure
Tamarix aphyllaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Bellyache bushMandatory Measure
Jatropha gossypiifoliaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Bitou bushMandatory Measure
Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundataMust not be imported into the State or sold
Bitou bushBiosecurity 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 knapweedProhibited Matter
Centaurea X moncktoniiA 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 willowMandatory Measure
Salix nigraMust not be imported into the State or sold
BlackberryMandatory Measure
Rubus fruticosus species aggregateMust 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
BoneseedMandatory Measure
Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. moniliferaMust not be imported into the State or sold
BoneseedControl 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 cactusMandatory Measure
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillataMust not be imported into the State or sold
Boxing glove cactusRegional Recommended Measure
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillataLand 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 creeperMandatory 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 creeperRegional Recommended Measure
Asparagus asparagoidesLand managers should mitigate spread from their land.
Bridal veil creeperProhibited Matter
Asparagus declinatusA 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
BroomrapesProhibited 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 ragweedRegional Recommended Measure
Ambrosia confertifloraLand 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.
CabombaMandatory Measure
Cabomba carolinianaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Cane cactusMandatory Measure
Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Austrocylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Cape broomMandatory Measure
Genista monspessulanaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Cat’s claw creeperMandatory Measure
Dolichandra unguis-catiMust not be imported into the State or sold
Chilean needle grassMandatory Measure
Nassella neesianaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Climbing asparagusMandatory Measure
Asparagus africanusMust not be imported into the State or sold
Climbing asparagus fernMandatory Measure
Asparagus plumosusMust not be imported into the State or sold
ClockweedRegional Recommended Measure
Oenothera curtifloraLand 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 pearMandatory Measure
Opuntia strictaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Common pearRegional 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 grassRegional Recommended Measure
Hyparrhenia hirtaLand 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 milfoilProhibited Matter
Myriophyllum spicatumA 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
FireweedMandatory Measure
Senecio madagascariensisMust not be imported into the State or sold
Flax-leaf broomMandatory Measure
Genista linifoliaMust 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 grassProhibited Matter
Andropogon gayanusA 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 reedRegional 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.

GorseMandatory Measure
Ulex europaeusMust not be imported into the State or sold
Grey sallowMandatory Measure
Salix cinereaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Ground asparagusMandatory Measure
Asparagus aethiopicusMust not be imported into the State or sold
Harrisia cactusRegional 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

HawkweedsProhibited 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 pearMandatory Measure
Cylindropuntia roseaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Hudson pearRegional Recommended Measure
Cylindropuntia roseaLand 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.
HydrocotylProhibited Matter
Hydrocotyle ranunculoidesA 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
HymenachneMandatory Measure
Hymenachne amplexicaulis and hybridsMust not be imported into the State or sold
Indian figRegional Recommended Measure
Opuntia ficus-indica

Grazing, conservation and urban areas

Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.

Karroo thornProhibited Matter
Vachellia karrooA 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
KochiaProhibited 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 curseProhibited Matter
Clidemia hirtaA 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
LagarosiphonProhibited Matter
Lagarosiphon majorA 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
LantanaMandatory Measure
Lantana camaraMust not be imported into the State or sold
Madeira vineMandatory Measure
Anredera cordifoliaMust not be imported into the State or sold
MesquiteMandatory Measure
Prosopis species

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the genus Prosopis have this requirement

MesquiteRegional 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 grassProhibited Matter
Nassella tenuissimaA 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
MiconiaProhibited 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 vineProhibited 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

MimosaProhibited Matter
Mimosa pigraA 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-millionsRegional 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

ParkinsoniaMandatory Measure
Parkinsonia aculeataMust not be imported into the State or sold
ParkinsoniaControl 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 weedProhibited Matter
Parthenium hysterophorusA 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 weedMandatory Measure
Parthenium hysterophorusThe 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 appleProhibited Matter
Annona glabraA 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 acaciaProhibited Matter
Vachellia niloticaA 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 – CylindropuntiasMandatory 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 pearMandatory Measure
Cylindropuntia imbricata

Must not be imported into the State or sold

All species in the Cylindropuntia genus have this requirement

Rope pearRegional Recommended Measure
Cylindropuntia imbricataLand managers should mitigate spread from their land.
Rubber vineProhibited Matter
Cryptostegia grandifloraA 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
SagittariaMandatory Measure
Sagittaria platyphyllaMust not be imported into the State or sold
SagittariaRegional Recommended Measure
Sagittaria platyphyllaLand 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.
SalviniaMandatory Measure
Salvinia molestaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Scotch broomMandatory Measure
Cytisus scoparius subsp. scopariusMust not be imported into the State or sold
Serrated tussockMandatory Measure
Nassella trichotomaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Siam weedProhibited Matter
Chromolaena odorataA 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 nightshadeMandatory Measure
Solanum elaeagnifoliumMust not be imported into the State or sold
Silverleaf nightshadeRegional Recommended Measure
Solanum elaeagnifoliumLand managers should mitigate spread from their land.
Smooth tree pearMandatory Measure
Opuntia monacanthaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Smooth tree pearRegional 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)

SnakefeatherMandatory Measure
Asparagus scandensMust not be imported into the State or sold
Spiny burrgrass – longispinusRegional Recommended Measure
Cenchrus longispinusLand managers should mitigate spread from their land. Plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment.
Spiny burrgrass – spinifexRegional Recommended Measure
Cenchrus spinifexLand managers should mitigate spread from their land. Plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment.
SpongeplantProhibited 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 knapweedProhibited Matter
Centaurea stoebe subsp. micranthosA 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 pearMandatory Measure
Opuntia aurantiacaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Tiger pearRegional 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 appleControl 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 pearMandatory Measure
Opuntia tomentosaMust not be imported into the State or sold
Velvety tree pearRegional 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 caltropProhibited 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 hyacinthMandatory Measure
Eichhornia crassipesMust not be imported into the State or sold.
Water hyacinthBiosecurity 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 hyacinthRegional Recommended Measure
Eichhornia crassipesLand 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 soldierProhibited Matter
Stratiotes aloidesA 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 rhusRegional Recommended Measure
Searsia lanceaLand 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.
WillowsMandatory 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)

WitchweedsProhibited 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 burrheadProhibited Matter
Limnocharis flavaA 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
Email: melissa.gunn@cobar.nsw.gov.au

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 Weeds: Website 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 & ACT: NGINA 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.

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