A weed can be defined simply as a plant that is growing in the wrong place. Some weeds are declared as noxious 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 noxious weeds and environmental weeds
Noxious weeds are weeds that you have a legal obligation to control under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993. 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 noxious and environmental weeds within the local government area to ensure compliance with all relevant acts, regulations, and standards. Lake Macquarie Landcare work with the community to manage weeds on public reserves and will help you identify commonly targeted weeds on site.
For further information and advice on weeds, please contact us on 02 4921 0333 or volunteer with a local Landcare group near you.
Page last updated: 03 November 2017