Noxious Weeds

Narromine Shire Council is the Local Government body empowered with the control and eradication of noxious weeds within the Narromine Shire area both urban and rural.

Council is also a member of the Macquarie Valley Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee. The MVWA Committee also runs a web site called http://www.westernweeds.org and facebook site MVWAC, which includes details of the different classes of problem weeds in the Shire.  

Noxious weeds are categorised according to what action is required to control them. This takes into consideration the extent of the weed, available control methods and the weeds importance.

Some serious weeds are required by law to be controlled by all landholders in an area. These are known as noxious weeds and the law that controls these in NSW is the Noxious Weeds Act 1993. Weeds that are declared noxious are those weeds that have potential to cause harm to the community and individuals, can be controlled by reasonable means and most importantly, have the potential to spread within an area and to other areas.

A weed is declared noxious because its control will provide a benefit to the community over and above the cost of implementing control programs. Many 'bad' weeds do not meet the criteria for declaration. Noxious weeds will have limited distribution with the potential to become more widespread and will cause impact on agriculture, human health or the environment.

In New South Wales the administration of noxious weed control is the responsibility of the Minister for Primary Industries under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Landowner responsibilities

The person who has care, control and use of the land is the occupier; they are responsible for the control of noxious plants on their land.

For other situations such as watercourses, unfenced roads, laneways etc adjoining landholders should request clarification of their responsibility from Council.

Each occupier who fails without reasonable excuse to take reasonable and effective action to eradicate noxious plants from their property shall be liable to prosecution with a penalty fine not exceeding $10,000.