Weed Control

The best and most cost effective means of weed control is prevention.

Hunter Regional Weeds is a website regarding noxious weeds in your area.

Some tips to keep your backyard, farm, local bushland and waterways weed free:

  • Get to know the local weeds in your area

  • Be aware that weed seeds are transported on vehicles, trailers, clothing, shoes, in soil and in pet fur and hair

  • Always stick to designated tracks when walking, horse-riding, driving, riding pushbikes or motorbikes through natural areas

  • Dispose of weeds that are already seeding by placing them in a black plastic bag, sealing it and 'baking it' in the sun for a couple of weeks prior to placing it in the bin

  • Compost or dispose of other garden and green waste in council green waste collections or by carefully transporting it to your council's green waste tip. NEVER dump garden waste over the back fence or in bushland

  • Always cover trailers when transporting plant material to prevent seeds and other live plant material falling off

  • Consider carefully what plants you buy for ponds and aquariums

  • Never dump aquarium water or contents down drains or into waterways

  • Be aware that birds and wind can disperse weed seeds 20 - 30kms from your home

  • Stop water and fertilisers running from your garden into bushland areas. Nutrient enriched soils promote weed growth

  • Wash your car on the lawn to prevent detergents entering the waterways via stormwater drains, where they become food for weeds.

Pesticides Use Notification Plan

The Pesticides Use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulations 1995.

Pesticides Use Notification Plan 2018

The aim of the plan is to meet the community's general right to know about pesticide applications made to public places that are owned or controlled by Council. The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides, if they wish. We will ensure that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community or the environment.

The plan sets out how we will notify members of the community of pesticide applications made by Council to public places. It covers all of the Newcastle Local Government Area.