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(PDF, 7MB) free from any Latrobe City Service Centre.
- Remove weeds from your garden and nature strip or property and roadside (Common Weeds of Gippsland)
- 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
Visit the Department of Primary Industries Pests, Diseases and Weeds website or phone 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, phone VicRoads 13 11 71
- Roads in State Forests, phone Department of Sustainability and Environment 13 61 86
- Roads in National Parks, phone Parks Victoria 13 19 63
- Roads in rail corridors, phone VicTrack 1300 8428 7225
- Unmade and unopened roads, contact the adjacent landowner
Latrobe City Council is responsible for the management of approximately 1478 km of road network, including 1069 km of rural road with significant road reserves.
In accordance with state requirements, Latrobe City is maintaining an ongoing and dedicated program to reduce the infestation of blackberry, gorse and broom species on municipal roadsides. A range of other weed species have been included in Latrobe City’s management programs on a year by year basis. These additional weeds have been selected based on community priorities, State Government and industry cooperation, and requirements under the CaLP Act relating to the category of declared noxious weed that has been identified.
For more information, please see the Latrobe City Council Weed Management Report 2017/2018(PDF, 353KB).