What to do with Declared Weeds

Published on Wednesday, 5 April 2023 at 9:09:43 AM

Certain plants pose a huge threat to our natural ecosystems, native flora and fauna, and agriculture. For this reason, the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) regulates mechanisms, programs and activities to prevent and minimise the impact of pests and diseases upon agriculture and environment.

When is a plant a declared weed and what can you do with it?

It is illegal to transport plants that are declared pests off a property. Doing so carries a penalty of up to $20,000 and if it is a high impact organism a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for 12 months.

Blackberry is one of the most well known declared pests in our region but others include:

  • Bridal Creeper
  • One and two leaf cape tulip
  • Paterson’s curse
  • Cleavers
  • Common prickly pear
  • Narrow leaf cotton bush
  • Variegated Thistle
  • Apple of Sodom
  • Arum Lily
  • Pokeweed

As it is illegal to transport any of these declared pests off a property, we are unable to accept them at the tip and people presenting with them will be turned away. We also want to remind you not to place these in your kerbside general waste bin. 

For information on how to identify and control these pests, please refer to this website:


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