After land clearing, weeds are recognised as the most serious threat to endangered native plants and animals in NSW.
This threat is rapidly increasing as more weed species are introduced and spread into new areas.
That’s why the Invasive Species Council has prepared Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril, a 26-page report calling for concerted action, largely from the NSW Government, to address the state’s growing weed problem.
The report has been endorsed by 30 organisations that represent weed experts, bush regenerators, land managers, volunteer weed groups and national, state and local conservation groups.
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It makes 10 detailed recommendations calling for:
More than $50 million of public money (about half from state government), supplemented by a large voluntary expenditure and effort, is currently being spent on weed control in NSW.
However, the effort to control weeds is not keeping up with the rapid spread of weeds, and the NSW Government has conceded it is unlikely to exceed its 2015 target of ‘a reduction in the impact of invasive species’.
Weeds imperil more than 40% of NSW threatened species (mostly plants) and about 90% of endangered ecological communities.
Taking action on weeds creates substantial environmental, social and economic advantages. Weed management is one of the biggest gaps in NSW environmental laws and policies.
ISC calls on the NSW Government and all political parties to embrace the recommendations. The changes can be adopted as part of the NSW Noxious Weeds Act.