Weed management – who does what?

Your role, and your local council’s role

Tablelands Telegraph – April 2021

Marita Sydes – Regional Weed Coordinator

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for management of weeds in our region? Maybe you have questioned what role Local Land Services has for managing weeds in the region? To help answer these common questions, I have put together a factsheet that explains “Who does what” in weed management in the Central Tablelands.

Did you also know that noxious weeds are a thing of the past and that they are now referred to as priority weeds?

You can find a list of all our priority weed species for the region on the back pages of the Central Tablelands Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan.

We’ve had a lot of adjustment and development in the weed management space over the last few years. Some of the changes include the introduction of the Biosecurity Act, the development of a regional weed plan and the employment of a Central Tablelands Local Land Services regional weed coordinator…resulting in stronger weed management in our region.

As a region we are beginning to see real changes in weed management as councils are supported to build their capacity and programs in the weed space to align and better deliver the outcomes of the regional weed plan and compliance under the Biosecurity Act.

As part of the mid-term review of the Central Tablelands Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022, we will be asking for community input into reviewing our list of regional priority weed species along with comments on how weed management under the regional weed management plan is going.

If you are interested in participating in this mid-term review here are some actions you can take:

  1. Download or request a hard copy of the Central Tablelands Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan and have a read. The lists of priority weeds for our region are in the appendices in the back of the plan.
  2. Register your interest in providing input to the mid-term review via email to Marita Sydes, Regional Weed Coordinator (email link) or keep an eye out on our Facebook page where we will include some posts about how you can have input into this mid-term review later in April.
  3. In the meantime, have a look at the list of priority species in the current plan. Are there weeds you would like to see removed from this list, others added or maybe the status of current listed weeds reviewed.

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