Weeds

Weeds
Weeds
Read simple steps you can take to stop the spread of weeds across Canterbury-Bankstown. Read simple steps you can take to stop the spread of weeds across Canterbury-Bankstown. Read simple steps you can take to stop the spread of weeds across Canterbury-Bankstown.  
Weeds are plants that grow in places they are not meant to be. Garden plants can escape our yards into natural areas, where they cause problems for local plants and animals. 
There are a few simple steps you can take to stop the spread of weeds across our area: 
  • Purchase garden and aquarium plants from reputable local suppliers; 
  • Source native plants at Council’s plant giveaways;
  • Ensure all building and landscaping sites and equipment are left clean. Equipment used in the building and landscaping industries can unknowingly spread weeds; and 
  • Correctly dispose of garden waste.
To help protect us and our natural areas the new Biosecurity Act has come into effect for NSW residents. What may seem a simple garden weed is actually a biosecurity matter and we can all take action to help solve the problem.  
As of 1 July the Biosecurity Act replaces many of the state laws relating to human risk from introduced species, including the Quarantine Act (1908) and the Noxious Weeds Act (1993). 
Under this Act everybody has a General Biosecurity Duty, which requires property owners and occupiers to immediate remove and report weeds as soon as they are aware of them.​
For residents of Canterbury-Bankstown, you should report weeds to Council. Prohibited matters include a range of terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) plant and animal species (including parts of plants and animals whether dead or alive).  The selling, transport, or dumping of a prohibited matter is an offense.
It is important for our community’s wellbeing, our agricultural areas and our natural environment that the Biosecurity Act is correctly followed.  
A full list of weed species can be found in Schedule 3 of the Biosecurity Act (2015) and within the Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Weed M​anagement Plan
For help in identifying ​weeds in your gardens visit the Weed Wise​ website or contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000. 

​Contact

For more information, or to report prohibited matters, contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.