Weeds and pest animals cause problems
Weeds and pest animals pose a serious threat to our farm and forestry industries, our natural environment and also human health. For example, in 1998 rabbits cost the Victorian farming sector an estimated $360 million dollars, and in 2006–07 weeds cost the Victorian farming sector an estimated $253 million.
What you can do to help
- Choose appropriate plants for your garden. Collect Grow Me Instead! A Guide for Gardeners in the Gippsland Area free from any Latrobe City Service Centre.
- Remove weeds from your garden and nature strip or property and roadside. Collect Common Weeds of Gippsland - Latrobe City Weed Identification free from any Latrobe City Service Centre.
- Dispose of weeds in your green waste bin or at a green waste facility where the hot composting process will destroy any weed seeds.
- Do not leave pet food outside where it can be eaten by foxes and other pest animals.
- Keep your cat inside between dawn and dusk so that it does not kill native animals.
- Keep your dog on a lead when visiting bushland areas so it cannot be mistaken for a feral dog or interfere with trapping or poisoning programs.
Who you can ask for advice
Check the Department of Primary Industries Pests, Diseases and Weeds web page or call their hotline on 136 186 for free expert advice and information on identifying and managing weeds and pest animals.
Weeds on roadsides
In most circumstances management of roadside weeds is the responsibility of the adjacent landholder.
To assist landholders in managing roadside weeds, Latrobe City Council undertakes limited actions to monitor and control roadside weeds with the support of State Government funding.
Roadsides where Council does not have any involvement in weed management include:
- Arterial and tourist roads, contact VicRoads 13 11 71
- Roads in State Forests, contact Department of Sustainability and Environment 13 61 86
- Roads in National Parks, contact Parks Victoria 13 19 63
- Roads in rail corridors, contact VicTrack 1300 8428 7225
- Unmade and unopened roads, contact the adjacent landowner