Noxious Weeds and Garden Escapees

Weed invasion is one of the biggest threats to native vegetation. Weeds prevent natural regeneration and reduce viable habitat for native animals. Weeds can mean different things in different areas, but generally they are plants growing outside their natural environment and have some adverse impact.

Many of the worst weeds are declared as noxious weeds under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, generally because they are serious agricultural pests, toxic to stock or dangerous to human health. Noxious weeds are also a significant threat to biodiversity.

Controlling weeds on private land

Landholders have a legal obligation to control weeds on their properties. AlburyCity is responsible for enforcing this.

We carry out routine property inspections and report to landholders or occupants on any noxious weeds found on their property and what control measures they need to take.

If you come across a suspected weed or would like to have a property inspection done please contact us (02 6023 8111).

Controlling weeds on public land

We’re responsible for weed control on public land in the Albury area. Details are in our Pesticide use notification plan .

Environmental weeds

Environmental weeds are plants that invade habitats and compete with local native species.

They can be exotic (non-native) species or Australian native species not local to the Albury area. They can dominate and displace populations of local native plants so much that the habitat becomes unsuitable for native animals.

Environmental weeds also make it harder for local native plants to regenerate, because they change environmental conditions such as shade and humidity and produce chemicals that stop other plants germinating properly.

Garden escapees

Most of the environmental weeds in Albury started from suburban gardens, with seeds spread by water, wind, birds and other animals, bikes, cars, earth-moving equipment, illegal tracks or dumped garden waste. The greatest problem areas are where native bush adjoins housing areas. For example, environmental weeds are a major problem on the edges of Nail Can Hill Reserve and Eastern Hill Reserve, where houses back on to the bushland.

Because of the high risk that they will escape and become environmental weeds, these plants are not suitable for Albury gardens:

  • privet
  • hawthorn
  • willow
  • tree lucerne
  • African olives
  • Californian date palm
  • cherry plum
  • broom
  • cotoneaster
  • freesia
  • watsonia
  • agapanthus
  • lavender
  • cootamundra wattle.

More information

The NSW Department of Primary Industries website has extensive information on weed control, including weed species information and full lists of noxious and environmental weeds and plants banned for sale.