Council Callout for Frogbit Weed
Published Monday, 16th April 2018
Fairfield City Council is asking residents to report any sightings of an illegal water plant, after weed officers detected the presence of Frogbit, in De Freitas wetland near Fairfield City.
Council officers are working closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries to ensure a rapid response to the outbreak. Council is calling on the public to help identify and report any other local sources.
According to Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone, public assistance is essential to ensure our creeks and waterways remain clear of this weed, considered a major biosecurity threat in NSW.
“The Department have moved swiftly to work with our team of weeds officers to develop a plan of action for surveillance, awareness and treatment,” Mayor Carbone said.
“This weed is commonly found in fish ponds, aquariums and water features, but can rapidly invade our precious waterways. In this particular case, the weed looks to have made its way from a nearby property into the De Freitas wetland.”
Frogbit originates from fresh water habitats of tropical and subtropical Central and South America. Although in the early stages of establishment in Australia, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia’s ecosystems if left untreated.
Frogbit been banned from sale since 2014. It is classified as a prohibited matter under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and heavy fines apply for offence committed under the act.
To identify the weed, look for smooth, rounded, fleshy green leaves up to 4cm across with sponge-like sections underneath. Images of the Frogbit weed can be found at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/environment
To report Frogbit, call NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line 1800 680 244, or Fairfield City Council on 9725 0222.