Weeds pose a threat to not only the local natural environment, but also to public health, amenity and property. For example, some weeds are toxic to humans and livestock and others can exacerbate fire risk to infrastructure.
In view of these issues, the City spends over $100,000 on weed control on its lands each year, including the 715 hectares of bushland under its care.
The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (WA) identifies priority weed species in Western Australia and regulates their management. Weeds listed under the Act that are of particular concern in Bunbury include:
Bridal Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides)
One-leaf Cape Tulip (Moraea flaccida)
Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
Doublegee (Emex australis)
Narrow Leaf Cotton Bush (Gomphocarpus fruticosis)
European Blackberry (Rubus anglocandicans)
American Blackberry (Rubus laudatus).
It is widely recognised that effective weed management requires a shared approach between all tiers of government, private enterprise, landholders and the community, due to the often widespread nature of the issue.
Community members can support the management of local weeds by:
not purchasing or cultivating weeds
managing weeds on private property, particularly prior to seed set to limit dispersal
not dumping garden waste, including grass clippings, into local bushland.
Click here to download the Woody Weeds fact sheet.
Click here to download the Please do not dump garden waste fact sheet.
Click here to download the Weed Wattles fact sheet.
If you would like more information on this issue, please contact the City’s environmental officers on Ph. (08) 9792 7000.