A weed can be any plant that impacts on the environment, economy or human health. Weeds compete with native plants, reducing biodiversity, native wildlife habitat and food sources.
We're committed to managing and protecting our beautiful bushland, coastal environments and waterways to minimise the negative impact of weeds. Landholders also have an obligation to manage weeds on their properties.
Weeds and legislation
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, all plants are assessed for any adverse effect the introduction, presence or spread of a plant will have - or potentially have - on the economy, the environment or the community. The legislation states that anyone (landowner, land manager, resident or general public) has a ‘General Biosecurity Duty’ to prevent, eliminate or minimise the risk posed by priority weeds. A list of priority weeds can be found at NSW WeedWise.
Weed management in Sutherland Shire
Council is legally obligated and responsible for enforcing weed legislation in Sutherland Shire. We do this by:
- conducting weed inspections on public and private properties
- inspecting and controlling weeds in high-risk pathways, including transport corridors and waterways, and on sites such as waste facilities, development sites, florists, nurseries and aquariums
- providing weed management education, training and resources for staff and the public
- responding to breaches of the Act.
In accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, The Pesticides Use Notification plan has been prepared. The aim of the Plan is to inform the community about the application of pesticides in outdoor public places that are owned or controlled by public authorities.
What you can do to manage weeds?
Tips to assist with weed management and to prevent spread.
- Don't throw garden waste into bushland or natural environments.
- Don't throw aquatic plants from aquariums, ponds or water features into waterways, drains or wetlands.
- Ask for advice about weed identification, control and management.
- Plant species native to your local area.
- Join Bushcare, a Council-supported program where volunteers assist in bush regeneration.
- Support Greenweb, a Council-supported program to create conservation and wildlife corridors on the land of interested residents.
Weed Control 01 June - 30 September 2023
Notice of herbicide use for broadleaf weed control within the Sutherland Shire Local Government Areas Parks and sport grounds.
Sutherland Shire Council will be conducting a program to control weeds located in selected parks, reserves and sport grounds within the Sutherland Shire. The program will specifically target broadleaf weeds on Council managed assets.
The program will be conducted in accordance with the NSW Pesticides Regulation 1995 and Sutherland Shire Council’s Pesticide Use Notification Plan, whereby, Council intends to use an Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approved herbicide "Broad Leaf Weeder", "Barricade", "Casper", "Monument", "Tribute", "Primo", "Destiny", "Tempo", Spearhead" and "Lexicon".
Spraying application of the herbicide will be undertaken via a minimum one-off service, with the service commencing 1 June 2023 and completed by 30 September 2023. Weed spraying will be performed in target areas across Sutherland Shire Council’s Local Government Authority and due to the nature and locations of the weeds; it is planned that the vast majority of the herbicide application program will be conducted in the late evenings/early mornings.
Targeted spaces include the following sports grounds: