Weeds are a constant threat to the sustainability and biodiversity of Newcastle’s environment.
Some exotic garden plants have 'escaped' into our bushland and reserves competing with native flora.
Other weeds endanger our creeks and waterbodies with their choking growth habits. Particularly insidious weeds have been declared as noxious and are subject to specific controls under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993.
What is the Noxious Weeds Act?
The Noxious Weeds Act 1993 outlines the definition, declaration, and control of noxious weeds throughout NSW.
This Act was amended in 2006 with the addition of new weeds and control classes. Weeds of National Significance have also been declared under the Act.
Local government bodies have the responsibility to ensure that the Act is complied with within their boundaries.
What is considered a Noxious Weed?
For a plant to be declared a Noxious Weed it must be considered to pose a serious threat to humans, agriculture and/or the environment. There must also be consideration given to the feasibility of control and enforcement of those methods. Plants are declared noxious by order of the Minister for Primary Industries.
The weeds currently listed as noxious in the Newcastle local control area are listed in the Noxious Weeds Declaration.
View the Noxious Weed Declarations for Newcastle City Council.
How are you affected by the Noxious Weeds Act?
All home or property owners, occupiers, or people leasing or renting properties are responsible for the control of noxious weeds on their land. Failure to control noxious weeds can attract heavy penalties.
Council is required to conduct inspections of private properties to check compliance with the Act. Noxious Weed Officers have the authority to issue control notices for any breach.