A weed can be defined simply as a plant that is growing in the wrong place. Some weeds are declared priority weeds due to their impact on human health, agriculture or the environment. Common weeds in Lake Macquarie include; Asparagus Fern, Lantana, Madeira Vine, Morning Glory, Privet and Blackberry.
What's the difference between declared priority weeds and environmental weeds?
- Declared priority weeds are weeds that you have a legal obligation to control under the Biosecurity Act 2015. If you don't remove these weeds it can lead to court proceedings and in some cases, very large fines.
- Environmental weeds are weeds which you have no legal obligation to control, but in most cases it is good practice to remove them.
What does Council do about weeds?
Council staff plan, manage and control declared priority and environmental weeds within the local government area to ensure compliance with all relevant acts, regulations, and standards and will help you identify weeds on your property. Lake Macquarie Landcare work with the community to manage weeds on public reserves.
Page last updated: 19 July 2018