Weeds in Queensland
There are three classes of declared plants in Queensland under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 – Class 1, 2 and 3. Plants in these classes are targeted for control because they have, or could have, serious economic, environmental or social impacts.
There are legal obligations associated with the control, supply, sale, keeping and transport of declared plants in Queensland. The Queensland Government, Primary Industries and Fisheries lists all declared plants in Queensland and landowner’s responsibilities to control listed plants.
Sunshine Coast Weeds
There are a number of weeds on the Sunshine Coast that are not a declared species in Queensland. However, they are considered locally significant pest plants. A list of declared and locally significant pest species found on the Sunshine Coast can be obtained from Council’s Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2011 – 2015. The plan also gives direction broadly into the management of each species based on the threat they pose, their distribution, declared status and the achievability of control.
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Useful Tips and Facts
- Create urban wildlife corridors and stepping stones to larger local bushland or parkland areas.
- In nature there is no such thing as waste everything is linked and contributes to the cycle. As a plant reaches the end of its life cycle it is not discarded by nature, instead it provides habitat for animals and food for micro-organisms as it lies on the ground, the waste from the micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi feeding on it replace nutrients and organic material to the soil for new plants to grow.
- Plant local native species
- The best way to attract native wildlife to your backyard is to provide a variety of healthy natural foods in the form of seeds, leaves, flowers, nectar, pollen, fruits and nuts throughout the year.
- The use of pesticides and herbicides can damage your soils and kill non target species. The poisoning of insects with chemicals can also cause larger species relying on those insects as a food source to become sick or even die from eating poisoned insects.
- To create habitat for smaller native birds you can grow shrubs close together to create dense corners or pockets in your garden which will provide protection and refuge from larger aggressive birds such as noisy miners
- Wattles (Acacias). While most wattles only live between 6 - 10 years, they are an important pioneer species which colonise disturbed areas, where other plants find it hard to grow. They improve soil conditions enough to allow other species to germinate and thrive by fixing nitrogen into the soil through their roots and adding high levels of organic leaf litter.