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Weeds reform in detail

The adoption of the recommendations of the Natural Resources Commission Weeds Review will mean changes to the way weeds are managed in NSW.  

State Weed Committee

A State Weed Committee will be formed to to reduce the impact of weeds on the community, primary industries and environment.  The State Weed Committee will provide consistent and transparent state level leadership, coordination and accountability for weed management throughout NSW.

What is Local Land Services' responsibility?

Local Land Services' responsibilities are defined in the Natural Resources Commission Weed Review recommendations as:

  • establishing and supporting Regional Weed Committees
  • delivering regional strategic weed management plans
  • facilitating and coordinating regional strategic weed planning
  • assisting with education and community outreach programs

Local Land Services has been given responsibility to replace 14 existing Weed Advisory Committees with 11 statutory Regional Weed Committees. These regional committees will comprise Local Control Authorities, public and private landholders and community members. The establishment of Regional Weed Committees is a high priority for Local Land Services to support regional planning under the Biosecurity Act.

Regional Weed Committees

Regional Weed Committees are formed by groups of stakeholders to facilitate coordinated weeds management across a Local Land Services region, providing a forum for the exchange of information.

The new Regional Weed Committees will develop their regional strategic weed management plans over the next 12 to 18 months. In the meantime, the existing plans and strategies will be relevant and will support regional decision making. Existing regional plans may be incorporated into the new strategic weed management plans and will be used as vital reference documents.

The North Coast Regional Weed Committee and should be operational by December 2015. The functions of the Committee will include:

  • acting as a forum for representativeds of regional weed managers
  • developing regional strategic weed management plans
  • ensuring consistency across land tenancies
  • supporting the implementation of the weeds component and underlining principles of the NSW Biosecurity Strategy, NSW Biosecurity Act and the NSW Invasive Species Plan
  • endorsing regional strategic weed management plans and seeking funding, based on plan priorities
  • developing education and awareness programs based on local and/or regional priority weeds and issues.

Proposed membership of the Regional Weeds Committees will include representatives from:

  • Local Land Services
  • Local Control Authorities
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Office of Environment and Heritage, including National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Environmental interests
  • NSW Farmers
  • Aboriginal land managers
  • Landcare
  • Public land managers

North Coast Local Land Services has added private land managers involved in rural industries to the North Coast Regional Weed Committee.

The Regional Weed Committee membership will ensure a strong alignment with the State Weed Committee and facilitate strong communication links and effective weed management across the state.  Model Terms of Reference for the eleven Regional Weed Committees have been drafted and can be viewed here.

NSW Weeds Action Plan 2015-2020

The NSW Weeds Action Program 2015-2020 (WAP1520) is a NSW Government initiative to reduce the impact of weeds.  It is guided by the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021and the NSW Invasive Species Plan 2015-2020 (ISP).

WAP1520 is an outcomes based program where activities contribute to clearly defined goals and objectives under the ISP. The four goals of the ISP are:

Goal 1: Exclude – prevent the establishment of new invasive species
Goal 2: Eradicate or contain – eliminate, or prevent the spread of new invasive species
Goal 3: Effectively manage – reduce the impact of widespread invasive species
Goal 4: Capacity – ensure that NSW has the ability and commitment to manage invasive species.

Under the NSW Weeds Action Plan 2015-2020, a lead agency is a regional organisation that accepts responsibility for the local implementation of the plan. The lead agency collates and submits project proposals. On the North Coast, the lead agency is Far North Coast Weeds.