Priority Weeds

Council continues to pay close attention to the control and eradication of priority weeds throughout the area.

The Weeds Unit is equipped with an 8 metre boom spray and a Quikspray 30 metre hose reel for handgun work.

GPS units linked to a GIS mapping program are used to map weed infestations across the local government area.

Council is an active member of the Murray and Riverina Weeds Action Program (WAP). This program helps develop partnerships to effectively target weeds; identify and stop new weeds early and increase community involvement in weed management. For further information regarding the Murray WAP & Riverina WAP please contact Council's Weeds Inspector.

What is a Priority Weed?

Although there are many plants that could be classed as weeds, only those plants which have a detrimental effect or cause serious economic loss to agriculture or the environment are considered as candidates for declaration as priority plants. There are five classes of priority weeds within NSW.

Obligations & Responsibilities

Every home owner, landowner, occupier or persons(s) leasing or renting property must be aware of their obligations and responsibilities to control priority weeds. The person or persons who has the care, control and use of the land is the occupier. Each occupier who fails without reasonable excuse to take reasonable and effective measures to control priority weeds from their property shall be liable to a penalty fine not exceeding $10,000.

Biosecurity Act 2015

The Biosecurity Act 2015 replaced the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and provides regulatory controls and powers to manage priority weeds in NSW.

The Act can be viewed here: Biosecurity Act 2015

For details on how weeds will be managed in NSW once the Biosecurity Act commences in 2017, please read the Supplementary Information Paper: Weeds.

Red Guide Post Program

Murrumbidgee Council as part of the Murray Weeds Action Program (WAP) are participating in the Red Guide Post Program. The red guide posts are installed to identify known locations of high risk priority weeds. The posts alert road users of the need to avoid the area to prevent the spread of priority weeds along high risk pathways.

Over 2000 red guide posts have been distributed to 33 participating Councils across the Riverina and Western NSW; the posts are installed next to existing white guide posts at the "START" and "END" of the high risk priority weeds infestations.

The red guide posts have been installed to identify Parthenium weed, Chilean needle grass, Serrated tussock and Coolati grass sites.

By avoiding Red Guide Posted areas we can all help stop the spread of weeds.

Further information on Red Guide Posts can be found at

Click the link below to view the TV advert on Red Guide Posts

Information & Advice

For the best advice pertaining to which control is needed you should either ring your local agronomist or Weeds Inspector.

Council's Weeds Inspectors

Mr Iain Stuckings may be contacted at our Darlington Point Office or by calling 0427 684 167

Mr David Saunders may be contacted at our Jerilderie Office or by calling 0427 848 194.

More information can be obtained from the Weeds Australia Website, by downloading the Weed Wise App or by visiting  or DPI NSW