Weed control

Council is the Local Government body empowered with the control and eradication of noxious weeds within the Council area both urban and rural.

Council is responsible for controlling noxious weeds on land under its jurisdiction, on roadsides and vacant Crown Land. It is responsible for ensuring that all owner/occupiers of private land fulfil their obligations under the Noxious Weeds Act.

Dubbo Regional Council is revising the Pesticide Use Notification Plan to bring together both the plans of the former Dubbo City  (PDF 406.3KB) and  Wellington (PDF 76.1KB) councils. During this time the plans that were in place at the time of the amalgamation will be used until the new plan is adopted by Dubbo Regional Council. A copy of each is available by clicking on the appropriate link.

For a copy of the latest Noxious Weeds brochure please contact Council.

Council is a member of the Macquarie Valley and Lachlan Valley Weeds Advisory Committee. For more information on weeds issues in western NSW, visit www.westernweeds.org

Current Weed Treatment Update

Dubbo Regional Council is currently receiving a large amount of enquiries regarding the weed St John's Wort. This weed is currently not listed as a noxious weed however, Council is currently undertaking a spray program targeting St John's Wort and other summer growing declared weeds.

Please contact Counci's Customer Services on 6801 4000 if you have sighted this plant or any other weed that is causing you concern, to arrange an inspection by a member of Council's Natural Resources Team.


What is a noxious weed?

Although there are many plants that could be classed as weeds only those plants which have a detrimental effect or cause serious economic loss to agriculture or the environment are considered as candidates for declaration as noxious weeds. There are four categories of noxious weeds.

Methods of weed control

Weed control can take many forms; grazing by animals, spraying with herbicides, physical removal, burning out, biological control agents or cultivation among others.

It must be noted that there are circumstances where the use of some of these methods can be damaging to weed control effect, some control methods which work with certain weeds may effectively spread others.

Care should be taken before choosing any of the above controls, advice should be sort and the most effective control strategy may well be a combination of a number of methods.

Landowner responsibilities

The person who has care, control and use of the land is the occupier; they are responsible for the control of noxious plants on their land.

For other situations such as watercourses, unfenced roads, laneways etc adjoining landholders should request clarification of their responsibility from Council.

Each occupier who fails without reasonable excuse to take reasonable and effective action to eradicate noxious plants from their property shall be liable to prosecution with a penalty fine not exceeding $10,000.

Last Edited: 02 Dec 2016

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