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Weeds and pest plants

Weeds and pest plants

Learn how to identify and manage the most common weeds in the City of Whittlesea, through our pest plant fact sheets.

The 8 fact sheets include:

  • pictures and descriptions of local weeds
  • advice for getting rid of them safely and effectively
  • the risks they pose if uncontrolled

You can also find out how to reduce the spread of the fungus Myrtle Rust on the Department of Primary Industries website.

Weeds can have an enormous impact on the agricultural, environmental and social values in the community.

If allowed to spread, weeds can:

  • reduce agricultural productivity
  • pose a health risk to stock
  • displace areas of valuable native vegetation
  • cause community disharmony

You can also learn about a range of agricultural weed control techniques and sustainable land management practices in our Seasonal Guide to Weed Management.

Pest Plant Local Law

We have local law that seeks to protect our agricultural land and natural heritage from the impacts of noxious weeds.

To enforce this law, we run an annual, seasonal Pest Plant Education and Compliance Program for a number of weed species prescribed under the law.

The Pest Plant Local Law Education and Compliance Procedure  informs landholders of their rights, responsibilities and how they can access assistance throughout the program.

The procedure also outlines relevant aspects of state legislation and the local law that governs how the program operates.

If you need more information about the program or the procedure, phone our Land Management and Biodiversity Team on 9217 2323