In the Sydney Central Region many parks and bushland reserves are under threat from a variety of invasive plant species known as weeds. A weed may be defined as any unwanted plant or any plant out of place. Many common garden plants are spread by birds, wind, storm water and through the dumping of garden clippings into our parks and bushland reserves.
Weeds generally grow vigorously and compete with native 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.
Weeds may be declared noxious if they pose a significant risk to human health, the environment, livestock or the agricultural industry. Noxious 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 noxious weeds.
For an up to date list of plants that are declared noxious in the Strathfield Municipality visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
Visit the Sydney Weeds Committee website for further information on how to stop the spread of weeds.
What is Council doing to stop the spread of weeds?
- Managing bush regeneration contractors in significant natural areas in the Strathfield Municipality
- Working closely with the Sydney Central Regional Weeds Committee to control weeds on a regional basis
- Implementing Local and Regional Weed Management Plans developed by the Weeds Committees and the Department of Primary Industries
- Coordinating the Strathfield Council Bushcare program
- Carrying out weed control measures in Parks and Reserves
- Private property inspections and education regarding obligations under the NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993
- Promoting weed control in the Strathfield Community through displays, information sessions, local advertising and the distribution of brochures.
What can you do?
- Remove any noxious weeds using appropriate control measures
- Never dump garden waste in parks or bushland reserves
- Compost garden clippings at home or place in Council green-waste bins for collection
- Don’t over fertilise your garden as excess nutrients may wash into waterways promoting weed growth
- Replace unwanted plants with locally indigenous species — Grow Me Instead booklets are available free of charge at the Customer Service Centre
- Join the Strathfield Council Bushcare program.
To help residents identify and control various weeds, Council has prepared a series of weed fact sheets, which are available from Council:
- Alligator Weed
- Asparagus Fern
- Asthma Weed
- Broad Leaf Privet
- Castor Oil Plant
- Cobbler's Pegs
- Green Cestrum
- Harrisia Cactus
- Ludwigia longifolia
- Ludwigia peruviana
- Madeira Vine
- Morning Glory
- Pampas Grass
- Prickly Pear
- Rhus Tree
- St John's Wort
- Small Leaf Privet
Contact Council's Biosecurity Officer – Weeds on 9748 9999 to obtain hard copies of these fact sheets.