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Our responsibilities

Land owned or maintained by Council undergoes revegetation, rehabilitation and management. We look after this land to improve the environmental value of bushland or to minimise a biosecurity impact.

Pests

Pest animals are species of non-native animals like rabbits, foxes and myna birds that cause damage to agriculture, environmental resources, infrastructure or put human safety at risk.

Pest animal management

We are responsible for the management of vertebrate pest animals (rabbits, foxes, myna birds) on land that we own, occupy or manage.

We regularly conduct feral animal management including baiting in Port Stephens. Nearby residents will always be notified of any planned baiting, including any steps they need to take to protect their pets.

Council follows the NSW Department of Primary Industry and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions direction on ensuring that best and safe practise guidelines are always followed. All council staff who lay baits have been trained and hold current qualifications.

Who to contact
QueryOrganisation Contact information
For pest animal control advice Hunter Local Land Service
 
Port Stephens Council
Invasive Species Team
1300 795 299
 
02 4988 0255
Report pest animals on Council land Port Stephens Council
Invasive Species Team
02 4988 0255
Other invasive animal enquires or to report declared pest animals Hunter Local Land Service 1300 795 299
Report unusual animal sightings Department of Primary Industries 1800 680 244
Stray cats and dogs Port Stephens Council 02 4888 0255
Insect and rodent pests For insect pests please contact a local pest management contractor*  
Bees on Council land posing a threat to safety Port Stephens Council 02 4988 0255
Bees on private land Amateur Beekeeper Association NSW* Find a Beekeeper

Herbicides and pesticides

We use pesticides and herbicides to manage and minimise the impacts of pests and weeds.

Relevant documents:

Herbicides used by Council:
  • All purpose plant herbicide
  • Comes in many strength variations
  • Some variations are aquatic safe while others are not, ensure you use the correct variation
  • Not ideal for lawns or to promote desired competitive species
  • Great for use on alligator weed, path edges, fence lines etc
  • Is a wood weedy herbicide like lantana, blackberry or even fireweed
  • Comes in a granular form and you may need to add a wetting agent
  • Can be used with a permit in aquatic situations
  • Can be hard to measure small amounts
  • Broadleaf herbicide
  • Is the only herbicide available to control chinese violet
  • Can be used to control bindies and lawn weeds
  • Used on tussock grass like Giant Parramatta Grass
  • Remains in the soil to treat new plant seedlings
  • Can form a part of a sustainable farming rescheme
  • Broadleaf herbicide for woody and non-pasture weeds
  • It has a short residual life, allowing for replanting
  • Doesn’t harm pasture grasses
  • Can be used as foliar spray or basal bark
  • Can be used for St.John's wort or Wandering Jew
  • Fast acting
  • Large target weed range
  • Great against paterson curse, thistles and fireweed
  • No withholding period for grazing (with exceptions)
  • Number one bush regenerate herbicide
  • Gel applicator
  • No mixing
  • Use on vines and tree for cut/scrape and paint applications
  • Use on cats claw creeper or african olive
  • Use on tough to kill weeds like prickly pear
  • Mix with diesel to create a strong basal bark
  • Fast acting
Our use of Glyphosate

We will continue to review our use of Roundup based on information available and seek other alternatives as they become accessible. We actively ensure that we do not introduce another hazard or risk upon users and members of the public.

All herbicides (including Glyphosate) that are used in Port Stephens, are heavily regulated under the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Biosecurity Act

Under the Biosecurity Act, we are responsible to manage weeds and pests on our land and we act as the Local Control Authority within Port Stephens. Our role is to investigate, educate, control, inspect and undertake compliance if required.

Aquatic weeds

We undertake regular treatment in drains, dams and creeks and major river treatments to control the impact of weeds. These treatments have no effect on drinking water and is only targeted at vegetation growing in the water or weeds growing on the banks.

Herbicide Environmental Protection Licence

We hold a current Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) which applied to the use of herbicides in the waterways of Port Stephens.

EPL conditions require:

  • treatment undertaken by trained staff
  • equipment is well maintained
  • only approved aquatic herbicide is used and detailed records kept
  • warning signs are used in areas being treated
  • notification is given to surrounding property
  • Seaham Weir pool is monitored
  • Council record and manage complaints and public enquiries regarding water treatment.

The EPL allows for the following herbicides to be used over water:

  • Glyphosate - 1000 (µg/L)
  • Metsulfuron-methyl - 40 (µg/L)
  • Diquat - 7(µg/L)
Seaham Weir water monitoring data

We are required to sample water at Seaham Weir to ensure levels of herbicides stay below standard guidelines.

Collection dateMonitoring point 1Monitoring point 2Monitoring point 3
02/12/2015<5<5<5
11/02/2016<5<5<5
02/05/20160.820.20.41
24/10/2016<0.10<0.10<0.10
07/02/2017<0.10<0.10<0.10
02/05/2017<0.10<0.10<0.10
31/10/2017<0.10<0.10<0.10
08/02/2018<0.100.340.42
20/04/2018<0.10<0.10<0.10
05/11/2018<0.10<0.10<0.10
01/05/2019<0.10<0.10<0.10
09/10/2019<0.10<0.10<0.10
06/02/2020<0.10<0.10<0.10