Currently there are a large number of declared weeds in Tasmania, some of which pose a significant risk to agriculture and native biodiversity.

Keeping weeds under control, both on farm and in a neighbouring property is paramount to the cessation of a weed infestation. Further information is available here.

One of the most common ways weeds are spread is via mobile machinery, feed imported from other properties, equipment and vehicles. These include cars, 2-wheel motorbikes, quad bikes, tractors and implements (including slashers and cultivators), earthmoving machinery, harvesting equipment, trucks and boats. Landowners, contractors, drivers, etc may, through routine daily activities, inadvertently spread weeds into clean areas.

Good weed prevention practices include:

  • Ensuring all vehicles, boots and machinery are clean when entering your property.
  • If obtaining the history of livestock feed is not possible, ensure feed is dispersed in a contained area that is easy to monitor and control should an outbreak occur.

The Weed Management Act 1999

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