Council tackles creek weeds

Published Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Council tackles creek weeds

Council is committed to ensuring residents get outside and enjoy our creeks and reserves.

Council is better equipped to fight weeds along the City’s creek lines thanks to a $17,000 Department of Primary Industries (Biosecurity) grant to ensure residents can enjoy the outdoors.

Council’s strategy involves early detection, eradication of weeds such as Salvinia and Frogbit, and building the community’s capacity to manage weeds.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the funding will complement Council’s $210,000 investment toward weed management.

“We want residents and families to be able to get outdoors and enjoy our natural waterways,” Mayor Carbone said.

“We are lucky to have 55 kilometres of creeks running through our City as well as the beautiful Chipping Norton Lakes, which we help manage.

“Council has an ongoing commitment to restoring the health of the City’s waterways, which extends beyond just weed control.  

“We are also delivering projects such as rain gardens to gather urban surface rainwater rather than sending it to sea, Gross Pollutant Traps and Water Sensitive Urban Design controls to restore the health of the City’s waterways for the community to enjoy.”

Council’s weed action plan includes:

  • Inspections along private property,
  • Removing and eradicating weeds along Council managed creek lines, and
  • Providing education to private land owners on managing priority weeds. 

For more information on identifying and managing weeds visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds.