Wollondilly Shire Council is committed to the control and eradication of weeds, wherever they may grow.
Weeds are an ever-present threat to our local environment and way of life. Not only do they have a severe impact on agricultural activities, costing upwards of $7 billion nationally, but they also cause a number of other issues, including:
- Competition with commercial plants resulting in reduced productivity;
- Adverse effects on public infrastructure through the deterioration of roadways and waterways;
- Adverse effects upon human health from poisonous or irritating plants;
- Increased risk due to fire hazards created by uncontrolled weed growth;
- Adverse effects on tourism and recreation;
- Deterioration of natural ecosystems, through competition with indigenous flora;
- Adverse effects upon the viability of rare or endangered species and ecological communities and other indigenous flora and fauna;
Weeds are generally divided up into two categories, noxious and environmental. To assist with the management of these weeds Council has developed the Wollondilly Weed Management Strategy.
Priority weeds are those specifically identified by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, though may differ between local government areas due to differences in natural environments. Wollondilly Shire currently has 92 noxious species declared. To view a list of the declared noxious species in the Wollondilly Shire go to the NSW WeedWise website.
Environmental Weeds are those that, whilst not actually identified, still present a serious threat to the environment. Environmental Weeds in Wollondilly include Privet, Moth Vine, Madeira Vine, Giant Reed, and Balloon Vine.