Our local environment is rich and diverse, supporting natural systems, pastures, plantations and gardens. Environmental pests and weeds can destroy the natural diversity of the region. Some can aggravate health problems such as asthma. Others are poisonous to horses and cattle. Environmental weeds that have been considered a serious enough threat to warrant their control under legislation are termed “declared pest plants” (formerly termed “noxious plant” or “noxious weed”).
Under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002, A landowner must take reasonable steps to keep their land free of declared pests plants. Local authorities and government departments are required to control declared pest plants on land under their control.
Council has implemented a Scenic Rim Pest Managment Plan and is committed to the contol of declared pest plants within the region. The plan includes strategies and information for the local community.
Landowner and resident responsibilities
Landowners are required to control declared pest plants on their land. Council’s Pest and Animal Management team are happy to identify any weeds found on your property and will also assist with advice and appropriate control measures.
Classification of pest plants and weeds
Declared plants are rated under three classes in Queensland. A detailed list is contained in Council's Declared Plants Brochure.
These plants are not generally established in Queensland. They have the potential to cause adverse economic, environmental or social impact if introduced. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 1 pest without a permit issued by the State Department of Natural Resources and Water (fines up to $60,000 apply).
Class 1 plants that have been identified in the region previously (and eradicated) :
- Alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides)
- Honey locust tree (Gleditsia spp. including cultivars and varieties)
- Hygrophila (Hygrophila costata)
- Miconia (Miconia spp.)
- Senegal tea (Gymnocoronis spilanthoides)
These plants are established in Queensland. They have, or could have, an adverse economic, environmental or social impact. Landowners must take reasonable steps to keep their land free of Class 2 pests. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 2 pest without a permit issued by the State Department of Natural Resources and Water (fines up to $30,000 apply).
Class 2 plants that have been identified as existing within the Scenic Rim region:
- African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum)
- American rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus jacquemontii)
- Annual ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)
- Cabomba (Cabomba spp.)
- Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis)
- Giant Parramatta grass (Sporobolus fertilis)
- Giant rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus pyramidalis and S. natalensis)
- Groundsel bush (Baccharis halimifolia)
- Mother of millions (Bryophyllum delagoense and B. daigremontianum x B. delagoense; Syn.Bryophyllum tubiflorum and B. daigremontianum x B. tubiflorum)
- Parramatta grass (Sporobolus africanus)
- Parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus)
- Prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica)
- Prickly pear (Opuntia spp. other than O. ficus-indica)
- Salvinia (Salvinia molesta)
- Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
- Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
These plants are established in Queensland. They have, or could have, an adverse economic, environmental or social impact. Landowners are not required to control Class 3 plants unless their land is adjacent to an environmentally significant area. It is a serious offence to supply a Class 3 pest without a permit issued by the State Department of Natural Resources and Water (fines up to $15,000 apply).
Class 3 plants that have been identified as existing within the Scenic Rim region:
- African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata)
- Aristolochia or Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia spp. other than native species)
- Asparagus fern (Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’, A. africanus and A. plumosus)
- Athel pine (Tamarix aphylla)
- Balloon vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum)
- Blackberry (Rubus anglocandicans, Rubus fruticosus agg.)
- Broad-leaved pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius)
- Camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora)
- Captain Cook tree / Yellow Oleander (Thevetia peruviana)
- Cat’s claw vine (Macfadyena unguis-cati)
- Chinese celtis (Celtis sinensis)
- Lantana (all species) (Lantana spp.)
- Madeira vine (Anredera cordifolia)
- Privets (Ligustrum lucidum and L. sinense)
- Singapore daisy (Sphagneticola trilobata)
- Tortured willow (Salix matsudana)
- Yellow bells (Tecoma stans)