Noxious weeds

By law, noxious weeds must be controlled. On private land it is the owner / occupiers legal responsibility to control noxious weeds on their land. 

Council manages weeds in the Sutherland Shire in accordance with its Noxious Weeds Policy.

Report a noxious weed on council land

Notification of the use of pesticides can be found in our News section.

Weed resources

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has useful weed information:

The Sydney Weeds Committee is a useful resource for the Sydney area.

Controlling weeds

Noxious weeds are hard to eradicate, spread rapidly and may have toxic or harmful properties. 

To help control weeds from spreading:

  • Plant local native species or non-invasive species in your garden.
  • Do not throw garden waste into bushland.  Use compost bins or council's green waste bins or join the Greenweb program.
  • Control noxious and environmental weeds in accordance with required control measures.
  • Join a Council Bushcare group to gain practical skills in plant identification, weed control and bush regeneration.

Council has produced a Noxious Weeds in Sutherland Shire handbook to assist with identification of weeds.   Hard copies of this booklet are available from Sutherland Shire Community Nursery, Libraries, and Reception at Council Chambers, 4 Eton St, Sutherland.

Download Noxious Weeds in Sutherland Shire (pdf)

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Common noxious weeds in the Shire

The following is a list of common noxious weeds in the Sutherland Shire. See the Department of Primary Industries for the complete list.

African Olive

The African Olive is a common escapee from gardens as it was readily used as an ornamental in homes and nurseries. A tall branching shrub or sometimes a small tree, it can form dense thickets.

Asthma Weed or Pellitory

Pellitory’s common names include Wall Pellitory, Asthma Weed or Sticky Weed. A noxious weed around Sydney,Pellitory is declared primarily because of its impact on human health.

Bitou Bush

Bitou Bush is one of the worst coastal weeds in NSW. It has infested more than 60% of the NSW coastline and is listed as a Weed of National Significance

Green Cestrum

Green Cestrum is also known as Green Poison Berry or Chilean Cestrum and is incorrectly known as Deadly Nightshade in some areas.

Honey Locust

Honey Locust is an extremely invasive tree species that can smother pastures and native vegetation. It can often create dense monocultures and hence provide restricted habitat for native fauna. The sharp barbs on its branches can also injure wildlife, humans and damage machinery.

Long-leaf Willow Primrose

Ludwigia longifolia is a annual aquatic shrub and is highly invasive in NSW waterways and wetlands. Its prolific seeding means that it can become a serious riparian weed.

Pampas Grass

A former garden plant also used as a windbreak in agriculture, Pampas Grass has escaped to become a serious and widespread weed in urban bushland.

Privet Large Leaf

There are two forms of privet located right along the coast of New South Wales. They are the Large Leaf and Small Leaf Privet.

Privet Small Leaf

There are two forms of privet (large and small leaf) located right along the coast of New South Wales. The Small Leaf is the more abundant and dense.

Rhus or Wax Tree

Rhus or Wax Tree is a dangerous, allergy-causing tree that has become a weed in the Sydney region. Over the years Rhus has been planted in Australian gardens because of its beautiful autumn foliage. However, it is now know that contact with the tree causes dangerous allergic reactions in many people.


One of the world‟s most serious aquatic weeds, Salvinia is often sold at fetes as a quick growing ornamental plant. It has the ability to double in area in 5-10 days. Salvinia is a Weed of National Significance.

Common environmental weeds in the Shire

Environmental weeds should be removed, but there is no legal requirement to do so.

Balloon Vine

Balloon Vine is a perennial, highly invasive climber. It can reach heights in excess of 10 m and produces thousands of seeds annually. Infestations can be extensive but removal is relatively straightforward.


There are nine species of Cassia, also known as Arsenic Bush, in the Sydney region; some of these are native to Australia. The native shrub Breynia oblongitolia is distinguished by the alternate opposing pairs of leaflets found along each stem.

Cobbler Pegs

Other common names include Pitchforks, Farmers Friend and Stickybeak. One of the most common weeds in the Shire, most people will be familiar with the tiny forks on the seeds of this plant sticking to clothing.


There are several species in this family. Cotoneaster glycophylla is the most common species and greatest threat to native bushland in Sutherland Shire

Crofton weed

An escaped garden ornamental, Crofton weed is one of the most common weeds in the Sutherland Shire. It is common in moist areas that receive stormwater runoff.

Fishbone fern

Fishbone fern is one of the most common weeds in the Sutherland Shire, infesting a wide range of ecosystems

Ginger Lily

Ginger Lily was used during wartime rationing as a non-poisonous edible ginger substitute. Venomous funnel-web spiders are often found hiding among the root clumps of the plant.

Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese Honeysuckle is a hardy, highly invasive, evergreen climber that can reach heights of 10 m. The fruit is poisonous and the leaves toxic. Removal is laborious. Follow-up monitoring of the site is essential..

Madeira Vine

Madeira vine or mignonette vine is a vigorous, hardy, perennial vine with fragrant blossom. It covers trees to 30 m high and smothers ground-flora. The underground tubers can survive between 5-10 years.

Moth Plant or Moth Vine

Moth Plant is a garden escapee distinguished by its fleshy choko-like fruit and twining habit. Abundant milky sap exuded from damaged stems and leaves can be highly irritating if it contacts eyes or mucus membranes.

Mother of Millions

A low succulent plant with an ability to colonise areas with poor, thin soil. Common on exposed ridges, it gains its name from its ability to spread prolifically from plantlets on the tips of leaves that are shed at the slightest disturbance.


There are several common names for this species; two frequently used names are the “Mickey Mouse Bush” and the “Bird’s Eye Bush”. The names are associated with the bright red sepals and black berries that are prominent features of this plant.

Panic Veldt Grass

Ehrharta is an aggressive, rapid seeding, perennial grass species, which thrives, in a wide variety of soil and weather conditions

Trad, Wandering Jew

Tradescantia is a smothering, evergreen creeper with a growth rate of several metres a year. It roots easily from points along the stem and stem fragments. It can cause allergic reactions.


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More information

Policies and documents

Pesticides Use Notification Plan Noxious Weed Strategy Noxious Weed Policy Noxious Weeds Identification Booklet


Enquiries can be directed to Bushcare Unit on 9524 5672 or ssc@ssc.nsw.gov.au

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