Essentially a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place. However, the Federal Government reports that weeds cost the Australian agricultural sector approximately $4 billion a year.
Circular Head municipality is one of the most productive agricultural districts in Australia. The climate, soils and rainfall are good for plant growth and weeds think so too.
- Declared – listed under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999, these weeds MUST be controlled under the law. Inspectors appointed under this Act may require a person to remove, destroy or dispose of declared weeds.
- Agricultural – invades crops and pasture and costs money, time and impact on natural environment to control
- Environmental – usually garden plants which escape and multiply in the natural environment
Currently, Circular Head Council identifies ragwort, pampas grass, gorse and Californian thistle as priority weeds to be controlled.
Gorse has completely taken over a paddock. Image: A. Fergusson
If you would like to report the location of weeds please fill in the following form, or lodge it online below.
Weed enquiries can be directed to Council's Infrastructure and Development Services Department on telephone 03 6452 4820.