Weeds in East Gippsland
Find out some interesting weed facts and why it’s important to manage them.
Is your backyard creeping?
Download the Creeping Backyard brochure to find out. A weed is a plant thriving outside its natural range. A weed can either be introduced from overseas or a native plant flourishing in the wrong place. Many nurseries sell exotic plants which become weeds, so watch their growth and if they spread throughout your garden pull them out.
You can help
If you spot a weed not previously seen in your area, try to identify it (using books or on-line resources - see below for weed links). Note the location (use the VicRoads directory). Take photographs of the flower, fruit, stem and leaves of the plant. Contact the Department of Primary Industries on 136 186 or contact the Catchment Management Authority on 5152 0600 to report this weed. There is no need to report common weeds (e.g., Blackberry) as they are widespread.
East Gippsland Shire Council has developed a Sustainable Gardening in Gippsland booklet. There is information on common garden weeds (see page 44). Contact the Sustainability Unit for a free copy to be sent, or download an electronic copy here.
Weed invasions are a major threat native flora and fauna, and agricultural productivity. Environmental weeds can invade native plant communities and out-compete them, resulting in a reduction in plant diversity and loss of habitat for animals and birds. Agricultural weeds threaten sustainable productivity, and some are toxic to humans and stock.
- The cost of weeds to agriculture in Australia is estimated to be $4 billion annually (in lost production and control costs)
- Weeds cause serious problems to the economy, environment, human and animal health, biodiversity, eco-tourism, water quality, recreation, amenity, landscape and are a fire hazard
- It is estimated that 65% of weeds introduced to the Australian landscape are “escapees” from urban parks and gardens
- Six of Australia’s worst invasive weeds have degraded over 20 million ha of grazing and natural lands.
(Source: Weedbuster website)
It is important to identify the weed early, manage it effectively and prevent further spread.
Bushland regeneration efforts in East Gippsland are being frustrated as weeds continue to enter reserves from private properties. Weeds on private properties can spread into the bushland via stormwater run-off, wind, and birds. To help keep East Gippsland’s bushland reserves looking attractive and to minimise weed cover, please keep your property free of environmental and noxious weeds. You can also:
- reduce stormwater run-off from your property
- reduce fertiliser use in the garden as it promotes weeds and discourages native plant growth
- grow native plants instead of exotics
- never dump garden waste (including grass clippings) into bushland
Weeds of National Significance (WONS)
Individual landowners and managers are ultimately responsible for managing WONS. State and territory governments are responsible for overall legislation and administration.
The issues concerning WONS are of such a magnitude that they need coordination among all levels of government, organisations and individuals with weed management responsibilities. Each WONS has a strategic plan that outlines strategies and actions required to control the weed, and identifies responsibilities for each action.
Victorian Weed Management
The Catchment and Land Protection (CaLP) Act 1994 specifies four categories of noxious weeds in Victoria. State Prohibited Weeds.
- Regionally Prohibited Weeds
- Regionally Controlled Weeds
- Restricted Weeds.
It is illegal to buy, sell, possess for sale, display, plant, propagate, deposit onto land, bring into or transport around Victoria a noxious weed, seeds of a noxious weed, or any part of the plant capable of growing. The Department of Primary Industries is responsible for the control and eradication of all State prohibited weeds.
Department of Primary Industries click on Victorian Resources Online/Land and Water Management/Invasive Plants/Full Listing of Weeds
Department of Primary Industries click on Agriculture/Crops, Pasture and Weeds/Weeds
East GippslandCatchment Management Authority click on Major Projects/’Protecting the Best’ and ‘From the Highlands Down’
Weeds of National Significance
Catchment and Land Protection (CaLP) Act 1994
The Weed Society of Victoria
Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
For Schools see the Weed Warriors website