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Weeds pose a serious threat to human and animal health, to primary production and to our natural environment.
Weeds reduce farm productivity, displace native species and contribute to on-going land degradation and reduced land values.
Weeds kill, as in this graphic photo (above) of cattle that died from eating the noxious weed, green cestrum (Cestrum parqii).
Most landholders take weeds seriously, and include weed control programs in their property management plans. Unfortunately, there are others who do not have the resources or the will to maintain their properties as they should.
Those who do nothing are letting themselves, and their neighbours, down! They are also liable to prosecution under state legislation – in NSW for example, the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.
Aiming to assist landholders with the ongoing problem of managing weeds.
It is a fact that weed control can be a high, on-going cost to landholders in terms of dollars and man-hours. Resources are always limited, so it makes sense to have a draft weed management plan in place to prioritise and schedule weed control programs according to the (1) weed status, (2) risk to neighbouring properties, (3) optimum treatment times and of course, (4) the budget.
The concept of “containment lines” is a practical way of mapping out those parts of the property that could – or could not – be reasonably dealt with. Separate maps for each of the main weeds may be appropriate because treatment times and infested areas vary from weed to weed. Some weeds are more serious/dangerous and/or high-profile than others; obviously they deserve to be on top of the treatment list. Watercourses and boundary fence areas also need to be prioritised.
Try and build all of these factors into the property weed management plan. (And, dare I say it – when you get a visit from your friendly local council weeds officer, you’ll be one step ahead!)
The next page in this website provides some basic information for property owners, especially those new to an area, to assist in relation to plant identification, local resources and management options.
Otherwise, we can say the main door into this website is definitely the Weeds Index Page!
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