In the Greater Sydney Region many parks and bushland reserves are under threat from a variety of invasive plants known as weeds. Most (66%) environmental weeds were introduced to Australia as garden plants.

Weeds generally grow vigorously and compete with desirable plants for light, space, nutrients and soil moisture. Weed infestations have the potential to completely change the natural character of our bushland reserves reducing the available habitat of many native plant and animal species.

Plants may be declared a priority weed if they pose a significant risk to human health, the environment, animals or the agricultural industry. Priority weeds are plants that must be controlled under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. It is the responsibility of the owners of private land as well as their occupants to ensure that reasonable and effective measures are taken to control infestations of weeds. Priority weeds can be determined on a State, Regional or Local level.

In NSW all plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

For an up to date list of plants that are priority weeds in the Strathfield local government area, visit the NSW WeedWise website and view priority weeds for the region of Greater Sydney. Alternatively, visit Sydney Weeds Network – Weeds of Sydney for weeds information in other languages including Chinese, Indian and Korean.

Currently there are no Local Priority Weeds declared for Strathfield local government area.