Weed Management is without a doubt one of Australia’s biggest Natural Resource Management challenges facing this country today. Weeds threaten our valuable agricultural industries, influence the economic viability of our communities, affect human health, and pose a major threat to our unique biodiversity. Weeds cost Australia over $4billion per year in lost production and control measures. In NSW alone, weeds cause an estimated $600 million in loses every year.
What is a Weed?
The most widely accepted definition of a weed is 'a plant growing where it is not wanted' or 'growing out of place'. In NSW, 'Noxious Weeds' are plants that have been declared under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 by the Minister for Primary Industries. Weeds with the potential to impact on agriculture, or animal or human health or damage the environment are potential candidates for declaration as noxious weeds. 'Environmental Weeds' are those plants that are considered to have a significant impact on the natural environment, but have not been declared noxious.
To see the current noxious weeds list and noxious weeds classifications please review the following documents.