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A new approach to weed management

In the next couple of months, the Biosecurity Act 2015 will supersede the Noxious Weeds Act 1997, resulting in greater flexibility and improved management of weeds across NSW.

The new act adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty, which means that anyone who is aware of a potential biosecurity risk should take all reasonable practical measures to minimise or eliminate it. All land managers, whether public or private, now have the same responsibilities under the legislation.

The Hunter Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022, developed collaboratively with the Hunter Regional Weeds Committee establishes the priority weeds for the region and the outcomes all land managers must achieve to fulfil their responsibilities under the act.

For the first time there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions for weed management across public and private land in NSW. This reinforces the need for greater collaboration for management of weeds to protect agricultural productivity and the natural landscapes of our region.

The next step for the Hunter Regional Weeds Committee is to implement a range of initiatives to ensure the new weed plan improves the control of weeds in our region. Local government remain the local control authorities for weeds, so for more information on the changes to weed management and how they will affect you, contact your local council weeds officer.