What are weeds?
A weed is a plant that requires some form of action to reduce its negative effects on the economy, the environment and human health or amenity. In Dorset there are two main categories of weeds:
- Declared weeds – these are listed under the Weed Management Act 1999 due to their invasiveness, and must be controlled under the law. Examples include Asparagus Fern and Gorse.
- Environmental weeds – these invade natural or production landscapes within Dorset, causing damage to biodiversity and other assets. Examples include Capeweed and Sea Spurge.
Dorset Council is committed to strategically reducing the current extent of identified weeds and preventing the establishment of new high threat weeds within the municipality.
Where to go for information?
For weed identification, information and advice please contact the Council Natural Resource Management (NRM) Officer:
Phone (03) 6352 6575
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) website also has extensive information on weed control, management techniques and legislation. For enquiries you can contact Biosecurity Tasmania by phone (03) 6165 3777 or email Weed.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au