We can all work together to protect the Parkes Shire and the unique bushland, wildlife corridors and waterways of our community.
In NSW, the Biosecurity Act 2015 requires Parkes Shire Council, as the Local Control Authority, to manage the biosecurity risk posed by the impacts of Priority Weeds on human health, the economy, community and environment.
Priority Weeds (Biosecurity Matter)
Priority Weeds that have the potential to pose a Biosecurity Risk are known as Biosecurity Matter and are required to be controlled by law; this is the responsibility of all landholders.
Priority Weeds or Biosecurity Matter can impact on human health, the economy, the liveability of our communities and the environment. Impacts can include allergies and other health issues, costs of control, loss of tourism value, degradation of natural landscapes, parks and recreation facilities, reduction of useful agricultural land and loss of primary production, loss of biodiversity and water quality.
These obligations are met through programs to:
- control Priority Weeds on Council owned and managed lands, and;
- inspect private lands to ensure that owners of land carry out their obligations to manage the Biosecurity Risk as imposed under the Act by controlling Priority Weeds.
Council's Weeds Team is responsible for implementing these programs. The programs are based on targeted areas and a broader landscape approach to achieve an effective outcome for all landowners. The Weeds Team takes a coordinated approach with residents, community groups and other agencies to control Priority Weeds on all lands in selected areas regardless of land tenure.
Our aim is to:
- Protect biodiversity by controlling Priority Weeds and raising awareness of the impact of weeds on bushland, creek lines, and roadside reserves. This is achieved through communication between Council’s Weed Officers and landholders, and through education about weeds and effective weed control techniques.
- Monitor the spread of Priority Weeds and report new incursions within the Parkes Shire Local Government Area.
Under Part 3 of the Biosecurity Act 2015, all land owners or land managers have a 'General Biosecurity Duty' to prevent, eliminate or minimise the Biosecurity Risk posed or likely to be posed by Priority Weeds.
In New South Wales the Biosecurity Act 2015 is administered by the Minister for Primary Industries. The Act is implemented and enforced by the Local Control Authority (LCA). For the Parkes Shire, the LCA is Parkes Shire Council.
The Central West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017 – 2022, which has been developed in partnership with Central West Local Land Services and the Central West Regional Weed Committee, outlines two categories of Priority Weeds:
- 'State Priority Weeds'
- 'Regional Priority Weeds'
Both 'State Priority Weeds' and 'Regional Priority Weeds' have specific measures for the control of individual weed species. These are outlined in the plan.
For the Central West Local Land Services region, the plan also includes:
- A 'Weeds Watch List,' and;
- An 'Additional Species of Concern List'
The weeds included in these lists have been put through a Weed Risk Assessment process which identifies outcomes for these weeds.
For more information contact Council's Weeds Officer on (02) 6861 2343.