A weed is an invasive plant that has the potential to negatively impact the environment, agriculture, human and animal health, and our economy, costing the Australian economy an estimated $3.8 billion annually. In NSW weeds are legislated under the Biosecurity Act 2015, with the Department of Primary Industries as the lead agency.
Port Stephens Councils' Invasive Species Team are responsible for controlling priority weeds on council owned and managed land, and ensuring private landholders do the same. The Invasive Species Team are also responsible for providing technical advice to the community and the rest of council regarding the management of weeds and pests. Under the guidance of the Bushland Management Officer and the Natural Resources Team, The Invasive Species Team determine and control priority weeds based on potential impact and distribution, and determine and protect priority environmental areas.
Aquatic Weeds and environmental works
Information on the Aquatic Weed Treatment Program in Port Stephens.
Chinese Violet Control Order and Biosecurity Legislation
Information regarding the Biosecurity Act 2015 and the Chinese violet control order and how it affects land owners within Port Stephens Council.
Get a weed indentified / report it
Fill out this form to get a weed identified by our Invasive Species team.
Herbicide and Pesticide Information
Find out what Port Stephens Council uses to control pest and weeds.
Invasive Species Team
Meet Port Stephens Council's Invasive Species Team. They'll be the ones helping you control weeds and sometimes may be required to conduct work on or near your property.
Information and FAQ on pest animals such as rabbits and foxes within Port Stephens and how Port Stephens Councils' manages pest animals.
Find out information about weed species in Port Stephens including what they look like, their impact and how to control them.
Volunteer - Environmental Works Record
Volunteers please use our Online Service to track maintenance and monitoring activities undertaken on Council land. Your information will be added to our register and used to aid environmental protection plus it highlights the amount of work our volunteers are doing.