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Yass Valley Council’s Weeds Officers are now called Biosecurity Officers. This aligns with the new Legislation governing weed management in NSW, the Biosecurity Act 2015. Council has appointed dedicated Biosecurity Weeds Officers to support landholders with information and advice on Biosecurity compliance through integrated weed management.

What is a weed

In NSW, the management of weeds is governed by the Biosecurity Act 2015. The Minister for Primary Industries has responsibility for this legislation. Council is the lead agency for enforcing weed control within the Yass Valley Local Government Area.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, a weed is a plant that has a Biosecurity Impact. A Biosecurity Impact is an adverse effect on the economy, the environment or the community that arises, or has the potential to arise, from that plant, being an adverse effect that is related to the introduction, presence, spread or increase of that plant.

Photo 3 Chilean Needle grass Yass LGA2

Chilean Needle Grass

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