Noxious Weeds

The Noxious Weeds Act, 1993 is a NSW government act which outlines the definition, declaration, and control of noxious weeds throughout the State. Local government authorities have the responsibility to ensure that the Act is complied with within their local government area.

What is a Noxious Weed?

Some plants are declared noxious weeds because they have the potential to spread widely and cause serious economic loss to agriculture, or have some detrimental effect upon people, animals, the environment or the local community. 

Who is responsible for controlling noxious weeds?

Maitland City Council administers the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 for private properties in the Council.  Council must also comply with the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 on land under its control.  Government land is the responsibility of the Government Department which has control over the land and the enforcement agency is the NSW Industy and Investment.

Your Responsibilty

All residents or property owners, occupiers, or people leasing or renting properties are responsible for the control of noxious weeds on their land.  The Noxious Weeds Act 1993, is a NSW government act which outlines the definition, declaration, and control of noxious weeds throughout the State.

Classes of noxious weeds

There are five classes of noxious weeds and the appropriate control measures are given below.  To obtain a list of species as well as information about each class of noxious weed declared with Maitland City Council please refer to the Primary Industries website.

For further information, please contact Council's Technical Weeds Advisor on (02) 4934 9637.