Residents are encouraged to be diligent regarding the control of noxious weeds within the Shire. Greater Hume Shire Council is very conscious of the impact of noxious weeds on the environment and encourages residents to inspect their properties on a regular basis and report any suspected noxious weeds to Council's Weeds Officers.
Council’s Weeds Officers can advise landholders of the various treatment methods for noxious weed eradication to suit each type of weed and are aware of the latest control measures.
Noxious Weed Alert
Chilean Needle Grass has been identified in areas throughout the Shire
Chilean Needle Grass is a tussocky perennial grass that is very invasive and forms dense stands in pastures, bushland and roadsides. It tolerates both drought and heavy grazing, which gives it huge potential to spread and overrun existing vegetation.
During warmer months this species produces large amounts of unpalatable flower stalks and very little leaf material resulting in a severe reduction of summer stock carrying capacity. Its presence may reduce land value.
Chilean Needle Grass is threatening the viability of grazing and is one of the greatest threats facing the environment in south eastern Australia.
This noxious weed has recently been found in the Shire, particularly in Culcairn, along the Olympic Way and Taylors Road/Mountain Creek Road area, as well as on Urana Road between Jindera and Burrumbuttock and the Jindera/Walla Walla Road. Other infestations have been located in the Bungowannah area and on the Howlong/Brocklesby Road.
If an infestation is discovered contact the Senior Weeds Officer immediately.
Senior Weeds Officer
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Declared Noxious Weeds for Greater Hume Shire
- To view the full list of declared noxious weeds in Greater Hume Shire please see the Primary Industries- Agriculture website here.
Weed Control Classes
(1) The following weed control classes may be applied to a plant by a weed control order:
(a) Class 1, State Prohibited Weeds,
(b) Class 2, Regionally Prohibited Weeds,
(c) Class 3, Regionally Controlled Weeds,
(d) Class 4, Locally Controlled Weeds,
(e) Class 5, Restricted Plants.
(2) The characteristics of each class are as follows:
(a) Class 1 noxious weeds are plants that pose a potentially serious threat to primary production or the environment and are not present in the State or are present only to a limited extent.
(b) Class 2 noxious weeds are plants that pose a potentially serious threat to primary production or the environment of a region to which the order applies and are not present in the region or are present only to a limited extent.
(c) Class 3 noxious weeds are plants that pose a serious threat to primary production or the environment of an area to which the order applies, are not widely distributed in the area and are likely to spread in the area or to another area.
(d) Class 4 noxious weeds are plants that pose a threat to primary production, the environment or human health, are widely distributed in an area to which the order applies and are likely to spread in the area or to another area.
(e) Class 5 noxious weeds are plants that are likely, by their sale or the sale of their seeds or movement within the State or an area of the State, to spread in the State or outside the State.
(3) A noxious weed that is classified as a Class 1, 2 or 5 noxious weed is referred to in this Act as a notifiable weed.
Weeds Officers have the authority to determine the eradication priority for known weeds on properties depending on the infestation and ability of the weeds to spread.
Weeds of the Riverina
Click here for a copy of the booklet "Weeds of the Riverina - a guide to identification and control". This booklet is an initiative of the Eastern and Western Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Groups, and was funded by contributing Councils, RLPB's, the Roads and Traffic Authority, State Forests NSW, Department of Lands, DECC-Parks and Wildlife Division, NSW DPI and participating Catchment Management Authorities.
ERNWAG and WRNWAG
Eastern Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Group (ERNWAG) and Western Riverina Noxious Weeds Advisory Group (WRNWAG) are the leading committees for weed management in the Riverina region including the catchments of the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lower Murray Darling and Lachlan.
The groups comprise all key stakeholders in weed management from Tumut in the east to Wentworth/ SA border in the west and Carrathool in the north to the Murray River in the south. For more information on these groups go to their website here.
drumMUSTER is held in Greater Hume Shire, normally during the month of October. Please monitor this page for more details on 2013 drumMUSTER.
More information can be obtained by calling the Culcairn Officer 02 6029 8588 during business hours.