Pests and Weeds Management


What are Noxious weeds?

Plants which have limited distribution with the potential to become more widespread and impact on human health, agriculture and the environment are deemed Noxious Weeds. The Noxious Weeds Act, 1993 provides the framework for landowners for:

  • destroying or controlling infestations of declared weeds
  • controlling the movement of declared weeds
  • banning the sale of declared weeds
  • notifying local control authorities when an infestation is detected.

All landholders have moral and legal obligations to control noxious weeds on their land. As owners and caretakers of land, preventing the establishment and spread of noxious weeds from their land to adjoining lands is obligatory.

You can view the list of declared weeds in the Local Control Authority area here.

How is Queanbeyan City Council managing its noxious weeds?

The Noxious Weeds Officer ensures noxious weeds are controlled as per the Queanbeyan City Council’s responsibilities under the Noxious Weeds Act.

On ground, our staff spray, slash and hand pull noxious weeds from Council owned and managed land. Rural roadsides and bush reserves are also controlled for declared weeds at least twice a year. Depending on season variability, control may be more frequent.

Queanbeyan City Council has a Pesticide Use Notification Plan which notifies the community of pesticide applications made by Council to public places. The plan describes public places covered under the plan, usage, how Council will notify the public, future reviews and contact details.

The Council also has a Weed management plan, 2011-2021, giving a clear approach to managing noxious weeds in the Council area. A hierarchy recommends management actions for target pest plants, based on invasiveness, impact, potential distribution and feasibility of containing it.

Also, more than 500 property visits are conducted every year to ensure weeds are being controlled and there is a reduction in spread throughout the Council area.

How we can help you

Our Noxious Weeds Officer is available to help you plan your approach to pest plant control. The Officer can provide you with technical support and information resources. This can be either over the phone, sending information or with a FREE property visit. Depending on the scale of your weed infestation, a three year weed management plan can also be developed for more effective and economical control.

A calendar of growth cycle and control times for weeds of the southern tablelands

Noxious and environmental weed control in non-crop, aquatic and bushland situations.

Noxious Weeds Officer contact details: Phone: (02) 6285 6000

Other helpful weed links


European Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Carp are a large freshwater fish native to central Asia.  Introductions in many countries have helped to make carp the most widely distributed freshwater fish in the world.  They are extensively farmed in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and are a popular angling fish in Europe.  However, in North America, Canada and Australia, carp are considered a significant pest.   

Carp are very versatile, and can live in a great variety of habitats including highly degraded areas.  Over the past few decades carp have spread across most of south-eastern Australia.  They are now the most abundant large freshwater fish in some areas, including most of the Murray-Darling Basin, and are thought to have contributed to the degradation of our natural aquatic ecosystems.

On 1 May 2016, the Australian government announced it is investing $15 million over two and a half years to develop the National Carp Control Plan to undertake further research, approvals, and consultation to develop a comprehensive plan for a potential release of Cyprinid herpesvirus (carp herpesvirus) by the end of 2018. Click here for more information about the National Carp Control Plan. 

European Wasp

European WaspQueanbeyan City Council will control European Wasp nests on Council owned and controlled land. If a wasp nest is discovered on private property it is the responsibility of the property owner or occupier to eradicate the nest from that property. European Wasps are extremely aggressive and will defend their nest with the upmost ferocity. It is recommended that any nests be treated by a professional pest controller. Unlike the Bee the European Wasp does not make a hive its nest would be located underground, in a wall cavity, hollow tree or a retainer wall with one sometimes two small exit holes.

Ants and Termites

Unless it is deemed that these insects are causing a nuisance to the greater community they will be left unharmed. Both of these species have an ecological purpose within Council’s Bushland Reserves. It is recommended as a good housekeeping practice that those properties residing near or next to an urban Bushland Reserve have a termite inspection conducted annually.

Vertebrae Pests

Pests such as foxes and rabbits should be reported to Braidwood Rural Lands Protection Board. The number to ring is 02 4842 2536.

Indian Myna Bird

Indian Myna BirdThe Indian Myna is a medium sized chocolate brown bird about 12cm tall, with a black head and neck, a yellow beak, yellow eye patch, yellow feet and legs. White wing patches are obvious when the birds are flying.

Indian Myna Birds can be an economic problem because they damage fruit and grain crops. Their smell and noise can be annoying when they are in large numbers. Indian Myna Birds most serious crime is that it competes aggressively with native wildlife for nesting hollows. Native birds such as Rosellas are reduced in numbers as Indian Myna Birds destroy their eggs and chicks and stop them from breeding. They are also capable of evicting large birds such as Kookaburras. It is not uncommon for groups of Indian Myna Birds to mob mammals like possums.

In 2000 the Indian Myna Bird became the most common feral bird in Canberra.

For more information download the information sheet below or visit

Indian Myna Bird information sheet

Control Class 4 - Weed profiles

High priority local weeds

 African Common name: African lovegrass
Scientific name: Eragrostis curvula
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale
You can download a factsheet here 
Common name: Blackberry
Scientific name: Rubus fruticosus
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale.
You can download a factsheet here
 Paterson Common name: Paterson’s curse
Scientific name: Echium plantagineum
Status: Declared: must be controlled.
You can download a factsheet here
 St John Common name: St John’s wort
Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale.
You can download a factsheet here

Alert weed  Common name: Fireweed
Scientific name: Senecio madagascariensis
Status: Declared: banned from sale. 
You can download a factsheet here

Other common local weeds

African boxthorn  Common name: African boxthorn
Scientific name: Lycium ferocissimum
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned form sale. 
You can download a factsheet here
 Bathurst Common name: Bathurst burr / Noogoora burr
Scientific name: Xanthium spinosum/Xanthium occidentale
Status: Declared: must be controlled.
You can download a factsheet here
 Chilean needlegrass_goulburnbroken.landcare.vic Common name: Chilean needlegrass
Scientific name: Nasella neesiana
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale.
You can download a factsheet here
 Opuntia Common name: Prickly pear
Scientific name: Opuntia. species
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale.
You can download a factsheet here
 Serrated Common name: Serrated tussock
Scientific name: Nassella trichotoma
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale. 
You can download a factsheet here
 Willows Common name: Willows
Scientific name: Salix. species
Status: Declared: must be controlled, banned from sale.
You can download a factsheet here

What are pesticides?

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy, suppress or alter the life cycle of any pest.  A pesticide can be a naturally derived or synthetically produced substance.  A pesticide can also be an organism, for example, the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis which is used to control a number of insect pests, or even a genetically modified crop.  The legal definition of a pesticide in NSW cover a wide range of substances.

Pesticides include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents. They are used in commercial, domestic, urban and rural environments.

There are currently thousands of pesticide products registered for use in NSW by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Pesticide Use Notification Plan

Pesticides Act 1999 - Pesticide Control Order for Pindone Products