Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans

Our role in weed management is to:

  • deliver regional strategic weed management plans
  • facilitate and coordinating regional strategic planning
  • assist with education and community outreach programs.

To achieve this we have set up 11 Regional Weed Committees. These regional committees are made up of Local Control Authorities, public and private landholders and community members.

Each Regional Weed Committee developed a five-year Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan to focus on managing and controlling weeds in their regions.

The plans are based on local knowledge, research and technology and a strict assessment of the biosecurity risks posed by weeds.

They focus on managing weeds that impact:

  • animal and plant industries, including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, aquaculture and recreational and commercial fishing in freshwater systems
  • ecological communities and biodiversity, including natural, urban and regional environments
  • human health, livelihood, lifestyle, cultural values, recreation, landscapes and places
  • infrastructure and service industries, including energy, transport and water supplies.

The plans clarify how each region will work together to identify, minimise, respond to and manage high-risk weeds, supporting the idea of a shared responsibility under the new biosecurity legislation.

Priorities of the plans

The goals and objectives of the plans align with those of the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-21, the Local Land Services Strategic Plan 2016-2021 and the NSW Invasive Species Plan 2018-2021.

The goals of the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans are that:

  • responsibility for weed biosecurity is shared by all people of the region
  • weed biosecurity supports profitable, productive and sustainable primary industries
  • weed biosecurity supports healthy, diverse and connected natural environments
  • weed biosecurity is supported by coordinated, collaborative and innovative leadership.

You can read your local plan here:

New weed identification

If you think you’ve found a new type of weed on your land or property, then contact the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244, email or contact your local council weed officer.

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