Weddin Shire Council

Weeds of Weddin Shire

Biosecurity Act 2015

From 1 July 2017 the NSW Government replaced the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, and 13 other Acts, with a single Biosecurity Act 2015.

Councils Obligations 

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, Weddin Shire Council as the Local Control Authority, has a legal obligation to manage biosecurity risks posed or likely to be posed, by reducing the impacts of priority weeds on:

  • Human Health
  • The Economy
  • Community
  • Environment

Council’s Weeds Team is responsible for implementing these programs. The programs are based on targeted sub-catchment and a broader landscape approach to achieve an effective outcome for all landowners. The weeds Team takes a coordinated approach with residents, community groups and other agencies to control Priority Weeds on all lands in selected areas regardless of land tenure. These obligations are met through programs to:

  • Control Priority Weeds on Council managed lands
  • Inspect private lands to ensure that owners of land carry out their obligations to manage the Biosecurity Risk as imposed under the Act

Your Obligations

Under Part 3 of the Biosecurity Act 2015, all land owners or land managers have a “General Biosecurity Duty” to prevent, eliminate or minimise the Biosecurity Risk posed or likely to be posed by Priority Weeds.

What Is Our Aim?

Our aim is to:

Protect biodiversity by controlling Priority Weeds and raising awareness of the potential impact of weeds on bushland, swamps and creek lines. This is achieved through communication between Council’s Biosecurity Weed Officers and landholders, and through education about weeds and effective weed control techniques.

We also monitor the spread of Priority Weeds and report new incursions within the Weddin Shire Local Government Area.

What is a Priority Weed?

Priority Weeds have the potential to pose a Biosecurity Risk which is required to be controlled by law; this is the responsibility of all landholders. These are known as Biosecurity Matter under the Biosecurity Act 2015 in NSW.

Priority Weeds or Biosecurity Matter can impact on human health, the economy, the liveability of our shire and the environment. Impacts can include allergies and other health issues, costs of control, loss of tourism value, degradation of natural landscapes, parks and recreation facilities, reduction of useful agricultural land and loss of primary production, loss of biodiversity and water quality.

In New South Wales the Biosecurity Act 2015 is administered by the Minister for Primary Industries. The Act is implemented and enforced by the Local Control Authority (LCA) for the area, usually local government.

The Central West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 which has been developed in partnership with the Central West Regional Weed Committee outlines two categories of Priority Weeds;

  • “State Priority Weeds”
  • “Regional Priority Weeds”
  • Additional Species of Concern in the Central West

Both “State Priority Weeds” and “Regional Priority Weeds” have specific measures for the control of individual weed species.

The Additional Species of Concern in the Central West have been put through a Weed Risk Assessment process which identifies outcomes for these weeds. This category will be known as Additional Species These species are a high priority for asset protection.

For further information regarding the Central West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 go to;


For further information regarding the Biosecurity Act 2015 go to;


Botanical Name

Common Name


Asparagus asparagoides

Bridal Creeper

Class 5

Cenchrus incertus & longispinus

Spiny Burrgrass

Class 4

Centaurea calcitrapa

Star Thistle

Class 4

Cestrum parqui

Green Cestrum

Class 3

Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Class 1

Cuscuta campestris

Golden Dodder

Class 4

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Devils Rope Pear

Class 4

Cylindropuntia rosea

Hudson Pear

Class 4

Cylindropuntia & Opuntia sp (except O. ficus-indica)

Prickly Pear

Class 4

Cytisus scoparius

Scotch Broom

Class 4

Harrisia sp

Harrisia Cactus

Class 4

Heliotropium amplexicaule

Blue Heliotrope

Class 4

Hypericum perforatum

St John's Wort

Class 4

Lycium ferocissimum

African Boxthorn

Class 4

Nassella neesiana

Chilean Needle Grass

Class 4

Nassella trichotoma

Serrated Tussock

Class 4

Onopordum acanthium

Scotch Thistle

Class 4

Opuntia aurantiaca

Tiger Pear

Class 4

Parkinsonia aculeata


Class 2

Parthenium hysterophorus

Parthenium Weed

Class 1

Phyla canescens


Class 4

Pistia stratiotes

Water Lettuce

Class 1

Prosopis sp


Class 2

Raphanus raphanistrum

Wild Radish

Class 4

Rosa rubiginosa

Sweet Briar Rose

Class 4

Rubus fruticosus


Class 4

Salix sp (except S. babylonica, S. x reichardtii, S. x calodendron)

Willows including crack, white, golden, broadleaf, pencil, tortured, black willows and common sallow

Class 5

Solanum elaeagnifolium

Silverleaf Nightshade

Class 4

Sorghum halepense

Johnson Grass

Class 3

Tamarix aphylla

Athel Pine

Class 5

Xanthium occidentale

Noogoora Burr

Class 4

Xanthium spinosum

Bathurst Burr

Class 4

Pesticide Notification Plan

The purpose of this plan is to inform the community of pesticide use in public places controlled by the Weddin Shire Council. The aim of this plan is to allow members of the community to avoid contact with pesticides.


Pesticide Notification Plan Summary

Policy 16.3.1 - Pesticide Use Notification Plan