A dedicated ‘weed hub’ has been created online to assist the South Australian community in identifying and managing pest plants.
The cost of weeds to Australian agriculture is more than $4 billion each year, with many species, particularly those that invade bushland, rivers and coasts, being escaped garden plants.
Declared plants are weeds that are regulated under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 due to their threat to primary industries, the natural environment and public safety.
South Australia’s Landscape Boards oversee control programs for declared plants in each region.
Some declared plants are also ‘alert weeds’ because they are not yet established in South Australia and pose a serious threat.
The new updated website information available via the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), describes weeds declared under legislation, lists control techniques and provides information about landholder responsibilities.
The detailed information has been co-ordinated by PIRSA’s Invasive Species Unit in co-operation with South’s Australia’s regional Landscape Boards.
Launched this week, the detailed website replaces the SA Weed Control app, which is being decommissioned. Visit the hub: www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds