To combat Australia’s worsening weed problem, the most important reform for weed prevention would be new laws to create a list of safe plant species that can be sold and moved in each state and territory.
Our report ‘Sowing the Seeds of Destruction’ details the environmental risks posed by weedy pasture plants being used for salinity control in southern Australia.
The majority of Australia’s weeds have been introduced deliberately, and most of them have escaped from gardens (garden escapees), doing terrible damage to our natural environment.
Gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) was declared a weed by both the Queensland and Northern Territory governments thanks to efforts by the Invasive Species Council.
Weeds are recognised as the serious and rapidly increasing threat to endangered native plants and animals in NSW. That’s why in 2010 the Invasive Species Council prepared Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril, a report calling for concerted action to address the state’s growing weed problem.