Weed and Pest Animal Management

Control of Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds within the Yass Valley Local Government Area have the potential to pose a serious threat to our natural environment, farming productivity and the health of the community.

Land owners or occupiers of land are required under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 to control any declared noxious weed which may be present on their property. The Southern Slopes Noxious Plants Authority (SSNPA), of which Yass Valley Council is a constituent member, has the responsibility to ensure control of all noxious plants is carried out on private lands, public roads and Council land in the Yass Valley Local Government Area.

The activities which SSNPA carries out include:

  • conducting inspections and ensuring landholder compliance with weed control obligations,
  • controlling weeds on lands owned, occupied or managed by Yass Valley Council,
  • developing weed strategy and policy, and
  • providing education, training and resources for both the public and for staff.  

For further information about the Southern Slopes Noxious Plants Authority visit www.ssnpa.com.au. Due to the recent local government amalgamations, the SSNPA will be dissolving in the near future. Weed control for the Yass Valley LGA will continue and will be carried out by Hilltops Council, until at least June 2017.

For an up-to-date list of plants declared noxious in the Yass Valley Council area visit the Department of Primary Industries website and follow the prompts.

Noxious weeds enquiries or complaints can be directed to the SSNPA (02) 6385 3189 or info@ssnpa.com.au

Control of Pest Animals

Landholders have a responsibility to continually suppress and destroy populations of declared pest animals on their land. This includes rabbits, wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes, and three species of locusts. For more information on declared pest animals, visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

South East Local Land Services can offer help and advice with controlling pest animals. The LLS office in Yass is at 13 Mitchell St, and can be contacted on 02 6118 7700.

Indian Myna Control
Yass Valley is developing a network of volunteer coordinators for Yass and villages to control the infestation of Indian Myna birds.  To participant in the volunteer program or to find out more about Indian Myna birds, contact Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer on (02) 6226 1477.

Learn more about the myna birds by accessing websites below: