What is a Weed?

A weed is commonly regarded as a plant that is growing where it is not wanted, or plant out of place. Some weeds affect the appearance and useability of our gardens and open spaces; others have the potential to cause damage to the environment, harm human health, and impact on agriculture.

Weeds in Waverley are considered in three main categories:

  1. Noxious Weeds are those declared ‘Noxious’ under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, which requires them to be controlled by all landholders in an area. Noxious weeds have potential to cause harm to the community and individuals, can be controlled by reasonable means and have the potential to spread within an area and to other areas.
  2. Environmental Weeds. Are plants that may also have significant impacts, but have not been declared noxious.
  3. Urban Weeds. Are those plants that are common and may be regarded as 'nuisance' plants in our area.
  4. Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) . Thirty two WoNS have been identified by Australian governments based on their invasiveness, potential for spread and environmental, social and economic impacts.

Why Control Weeds?

Weeds pose serious threats to our agricultural industry, influence the economic viability of our communities, affect human health, and degrade environmental systems threatening our unique biodiversity. Weeds cost Australia over $4billion per year in lost production and control measures. In NSW alone, weeds cause an estimated $600 million in loses every year.

A weedy plant can compete with desirable plants for light, moisture and nutrients, and grow quickly to overtake the plants in our gardens and in bushland. The altered conditions of Waverley’s small patches of remnant bushland make them susceptible to being over-run by weeds. It is important for all land owners and managers to be wary of invasive plants, and their responsibility to mange weeds.

How does Council Control Weeds?

Waverley Council supports community members in their efforts to control weeds within our patches of remnant bushland. Bushcare Groups operate in five locations throughout the Local Government Area and are further supported through the engagement of Bushland Regeneration contractors, undertaking weed control along our coastline and in areas of ecological significance.

Weed management programs are also carried out by Parks and Road Management staff. Waverley Council is a member of the Sydney Central Regional Weeds Committee who provide technical advice and funding for weed control in line with regional objectives.

How can you help?

  • When planting in your home gardens, use local native plant species, or plants that do not have weedy features.
  • Do not throw any plant material over the fence or place on the street, or in parks and reserves. Compost all your garden waste or use Council’s green waste bins.
  • Join a local Bushcare group

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