Council is an active member of this Committee and we have recently developed and updated the NCWAC website with a large amount of information on invasive plant species.
Noxious weeds within the Nambucca Shire Council have the potential to pose a serious threat to our natural environment, farm productivity and health of the community. The Nambucca Shire is approximately 1500 square kilometres in size and contains many different species of Noxious and Environmental weeds. Weeds that pose a threat to lands within the Shire include Groundsel Bush (Baccharis halimifolia), Lantana (Lantana species) and various invasive aquatic weeds such as Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), and Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).
The noxious weed policy of the Nambucca Shire Council is to meet the requirements as outlined in the Noxious Weed Act, 1993 http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au. Council, acting as the Local Control Authority (LCA), has a responsibility to ensure that all plants declared as Noxious within the Shire are controlled according to their classification. Noxious Weeds are currently classified from Class 1 to Class 5, with differing control requirements according to their Class. Currently there are approximately 100 plants that are declared as Noxious Weeds within the Shire. There are many other plants within the Shire that are considered Environmental weeds. Please follow the link below to view all weeds declared in the Shire and the different control requirements for each weed.
Private land owners or occupiers of land are required under the Noxious Weed Act 1993, http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au to control any declared noxious weed which maybe present on their property. The Nambucca Shire Council’s Noxious Weed Inspector provides advice on weed identification and management techniques, carries out regular property inspections and enforces the control requirements as prescribed within the Noxious Weed Act.
Pesticide Use Notification Plan
Please click on the above link to view the Pesticide Use Notification Plan which was reviewed, amended and adopted by Council on the 19 January 2012.
Routine inspections of businesses, rural and urban properties within the Nambucca Shire are conducted regularly to assess the presence of noxious weeds. Property owners/occupiers will be provided with information on identification and control techniques. Where property owners/occupiers have insufficient weed management programs in place a weed identification letter will be issued. If insufficient control is undertaken in the time frame that is stated on the weed identification letter, a notice of intent to serve a weed control notice will be issued under Section 18a of the Noxious Weed Act.
Issue of Weed Control Notices
Where an owner/occupier does not comply with a Section 18a notice, Council may issue a Section 18 Weed Control Notice that requires the owner/occupier to control noxious weeds according to their Class. As a last resort, where an owner or occupier of land fails to comply with a Section 18 Weed Control Notice, Council can; issue on-the-spot fines, prosecute; and/or enter the property and undertake the required work, under Section 20 of the Act, and charge costs to the landholder.
Council is responsible for the control of noxious weeds on roadsides and other public lands under its management, which is constrained by funding availability.
Council is responsible for aquatic noxious weeds on council managed water bodies.
Council is responsible to inform the community about noxious weeds and owners/occupiers’ responsibilities to control them.
Council is responsible for monitoring changing plant status in the environment and determining whether declaration is the best approach to managing those changes. The Minister for Agriculture is responsible for declaring weeds. Council’s role is to recommend declarations, where appropriate, to the Minister, through the North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee and the NSW Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee.
Council can provide certificates to potential property purchasers, when requested and on payment of a fee, stating whether there are outstanding fees, charges or notices on the property and whether there are noxious weeds currently present on the property.
Council staff provide information, within their capability, on weed management issues. This may be done during routine property inspections, by phone, fax, email or at field days and other activities involving Council staff. Please contact council if you would like the Noxious Weed Inspector to attend your day.
Council works with the Local Lands Services, Landcare, Dunecare and other community groups with regards to assisting the coordination and implementation of weed control programs throughout the Shire.
Council is an active member of the North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee (NCWAC) that is responsible for the development of regional weed management plans and whose members also apply for grant funding through the Noxious Weed Advisory Committee.
In cooperation with the NCWAC Council promotes this scheme that prefers the use of native plant species, in preference to introduced plant species that have the potential to become weedy within surrounding bush land.
Please contact Council’s Noxious Weed Inspector if you have any concerns over any unfamiliar plants that you encounter and our best efforts will be made to positively identify the plants to ensure that potential weed species do not become established within the area.
Green Space Site Leader: Keegan Noble
Phone: 0417 484 906 or (02) 6568 2555
Address: PO Box 177 Macksville 2447
NSW Agriculture Website
NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993
Weeds Australia Website
North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee
Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) originates from South America, this shrub has golf ball sized fruit that have a watermelon pattern when immature and turn bright yellow when ripe. The plant has thorny leaves and stems and grows up to two metres in height.
Cat’s claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati) a native to Central and South America was introduced to Australia as a garden plant, and has escaped to become a major weed of native forests and riparian areas in eastern Australia.