Weeds and Pests

Weeds are a major problem in Greater Shepparton and Council is responsible for the control of some categories of declared noxious weeds on land we manage. Weeds can be declared noxious under State and Federal Law and can be listed as noxious for the damage they cause to the environment or agriculture.

More than 360 exotic flora species have been recorded in Greater Shepparton, and Council prioritises the majority of our control activities on noxious weeds that are listed as Regionally Prohibited (Serrated tussock), Regionally Controlled (blackberry, Patterson’s curse) or Weeds of National Significance (Chilean needle grass, bridal creeper). Other weeds such as olives and peppercorns are also targeted due to their locally significant impacts. Regionally Prohibited weeds such as serrated tussock are rarely sighted in our municipality.

The Victorian Government has recently amended the CaLP Act 1994 so that local government is responsible for the management of two designated categories of noxious weeds: Regionally Controlled Weeds and Regionally Prohibited Weeds on Council roadsides.

Through recent Government funding initiatives, such as Building the Capacity of Local Government to Respond to Pests and Caring for our Country, Greater Shepparton has treated approximately 700 km of roadsides for Regionally Controlled and Regionally Prohibited weeds and established pest animals. In addition, Council maintains a comprehensive weed mapping system which has data of Regionally Controlled and Regionally Prohibited weeds and established pest animals as well as a range of species the community and council together consider to have very high local significance.

Please call Council on 03 5832 9700 to report the presence of a declared noxious weed on Council managed land.

If you require advice about invasive plants or animals on your property, or want to report a state prohibited weed or high-risk invasive animal please contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plan

Council has been awarded funding of $54,345 per annum for two years from the Victorian Government under the Roadside Weeds and Pests Management Program for the implementation of our Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plan.

The objective of the plan is to prevent the introduction of and control the spread of priority invasive plant species and rabbits across the municipality and region. The plan complements past investments made by Council enabled through State Government initiative funding.

Council’s overall roadside weed and rabbit management objective is the effective and proactive management of priority invasive species on Council managed roadsides across the municipality.

The plan will run from November 2015 to 30 June 2017.

Chilean Needle Grass

Chilean Needle Grass is a weed of great concern spreading throughout the Shepparton district. It looks very similar to our native spear grasses, but is extremely invasive and can cause serious injury to stock.

Learn more about Chilean Needle Grass on the DELWP website

Bindii (also known as Caltrop)

Bindii, also known as Caltrop, is a declared noxious weed, and has become another major weed of concern in the City of Greater Shepparton by threatening the amenity values of recreation activities in the municipality.

Successful control of Bindii in the municipality requires a community
approach. You can learn more about how you can help to control Bindii in the brochure below.

Be aware of the problems posed by Bindii, also known as Caltrop.

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Organic Farm Registration

Since Council has taken over management of roadside weeds from the State Government, and is now controlling these areas Council requires a list of Organic Farms.

The list of organic farms will ensure council uses the appropriate herbicides near organic farms within the municipality to ensure their organic standards remain.

For further information please contact the Coordinator Native Open Space on 5832 9700.

Please fill out the form below to register your details with council.

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