Weed control

Rous County Council is constituted under the Local Government Act 1993 and was specifically formed to provide certain functions for the local councils in which we operate.

In the weed biosecurity area, Rous County Council uses the weeds listed in the Biosecurity Act 2015 and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan to guide our activities and those of the community. The regional plan sorts weeds into categories in order of priority based on their level of threat, current distribution and feasibility to control.

The Weed Biosecurity Compliance and Enforcement Framework provides information for all internal and external stakeholders and interested parties about Council’s position on weed biosecurity compliance and enforcement.

What we do

  • Provide the Local Control Authority function with respect to weed biosecurity under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and Biosecurity Regulations 2017.
  • Conduct property inspections for compliance with the Act.
  • Identify, inspect and treat high risk sites and pathways, and develop weed management plans for the region including rapid response plans for new incursions.
  • Control high priority weeds on roadsides, and rapid response control to new weed incursions.
  • Create and distribute weed education material including flyers and media releases, “best practice” advice, and information on weed control.
  • Provide plant identification assistance.
  • Deliver training and information to landholder and community groups and schools, at workshops and field days.
  • Provide access to biological control agents through the Department of Primary Industries

What we don't do

  • Spray common roadside weeds or control common weeds on public land.
  • Control weeds on private property as contractors, or for free. We also cannot advertise or recommend private contractors for weed spraying.
  • Become involved in discussions between neighbouring landholders regarding common weeds.

Landholder responsibilities

Look around your property regularly for any new weed incursions. Know your weeds and where they are categorised under the regional plan. Manage your own property to eradicate the weed or minimise (depending on the weed) the risk of weeds spreading.

Worst Weeds of the Tweed

In September 2019, Tweed Shire Council held a workshop at Tyalgum. This event was the first of a series of eight workshops and field days to be held as part of the Small Farms Big Changes project, which has been assisted by the NSW government through its Environmental Trust.


Useful  information:

Priority Weed Quick Guide

Control techniques using herbicides

WeedWise search tool

Further information can be found under the Weed biosecurity tab in the menu above.

For more information, contact Rous County Council Weed Biosecurity on 6623 3800.