Weeds management

A weed is a plant that is growing in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Some weeds are controlled under legislation due to their detrimental impact on human health, agriculture and our environment.

The measures to prevent, eliminate or minimise the biosecurity risks posed by weeds are specified in Local Control Plans.


Council’s role in weeds management

Council’s Weeds Biosecurity Unit provides the following weed management services:

  • Weed identification, management and eradication
  • Safe storage, transport and handling of pesticides
  • Weed control on Council land and vacant Council managed Crown Land
  • Property inspections of private, business, commercial and government premises
  • Provisions of quotations and operational works to manage weeds 

The Cessnock Pesticide Use Notification Plan(PDF, 1MB) sets out how we notify the community of pesticide applications conducted by Council. The treatment of weeds follows an annual treatment program.(PDF, 20KB)


Regional weed management

Council works with the community, land owners, other councils and government agencies in the Hunter region to achieve a coordinated approach to weed management. 

We're an active member of the Hunter Weeds Technical Team and the Hunter Regional Weeds Committee.