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Wet weather and weeds

With the recent rain, a huge range of weeds are emerging. As a result, there have been a number of enquiries regarding weed control in general and in some cases, questions about noxious weeds and responsibilities regarding their control. There are a range of categories of noxious weeds which each have a different need in regard to their eradication and/or control. Briefly, the categories are:

  • Class 1 – State prohibited weeds 
  • Class 2 – Regionally prohibited weeds 
  • Class 3 – Regionally controlled weeds 
  • Class 4 – Locally controlled weeds 
  • Class 5 – Restricted plants 

You can find out the weeds listed in each noxious weeds category at the following link: http://www.gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2014_2014-23.pdf
While Class 1 and Class 5 categories cover all of NSW, there is often significant confusion about 'regional' and 'local' classifications. This document lists all weeds and the areas (councils and shires) where the particular order for that weed applies and the control measures that are required.

Weeds can be very insidious and their growth in warm, wet conditions can be very rapid so keeping a close eye on what is growing on your place is the key to preventing the invasion and spread of unwanted plant visitors on your place. Prevention is certainly better than cure.