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 invasive animal please contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.