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Weed Management

Weeds in Circular Head

Essentially a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place. However, the Australian National Weed Strategy defines weeds as:

a plant that requires some form of action to reduce it’s harmful effects on

  1. the economy
  2. the environment
  3. human health and amenity

Circular Head municipality is one of the most productive agricultural districts in Australia; the climate, soils and rainfall are good for growth – and the weeds think so too.

We want to protect our agricultural industries and the environment, by keeping weeds to a minimum.

The Federal Government reports that weeds cost the agricultural sector approximately $4 billion a year

There are different types of weeds:

  • 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

If you would like to report the location of weeds please fill in the following form, or lodge it online below.

Weed Notification Form(63 kb)


Gorse has completely taken over a paddock. Image: A. Fergusson

The Circular Head Weed Strategy identifies

  • Ragwort
  • Pampas grass
  • Gorse
  • Californian thistle

as priority weeds to be controlled in Circular Head municipality

Weed enquiries can be directed to Council's Infrastructure and Development Services Department on telephone 03 6452 4820.