Weedplan - Revised Edition 2005Further Information
Weeds are among the most serious threats to Tasmania's primary production and natural environment. They reduce farm and forest productivity, displace and degrade native species and communities, and contribute significantly to land and water degradation.
The effects of weeds may be direct, such as:
- the loss of agricultural production as a result of weed competition with crops
- the time spent by home owners removing weeds from their gardens
- the loss of conservation values when native bushland is replaced by weeds
or indirect, for example:
- the higher price of food due to increased production costs caused by weeds
- off-site contamination of water from herbicide application
- increased severity of bushfires due to flammable weeds.
Our activities to control weeds range from the removal of single weed by hand pulling, through to the application of herbicides to large areas of crops, or the implementation of vegetation management and rehabilitation plans for a National Park or river system.
Weed control is most effective in the long term if it is integrated into a plan for the overall management and protection of the area concerned.
Weedplan was developed in 1996 by the Tasmanian Weed Management Working Group, comprising representatives from a wide range of interests, as a management plan for the management of weeds in Tasmania.
Weedplan outlines a strategic approach to weed management with the overall objective of coordinating and integrating the available weed components to better manage weeds and lessen the impact of weeds on Tasmania's environment and production sector. It reflects at a State level the operating principles of the National Weed Strategy thus complementing strategic weed management at the national level. It stresses the need to identify and prioritise existing and potential weed problems and recognise the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. It covers weeds of all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Since the implementation of WeedPlan, many significant trends and opportunities have led to a highly constructive outlook for future weed management in the State. These include:
- Increasingly wide ownership of weed problems
- Increasing recognition of the importance of weeds by all levels of government and industry groups
- The proven effectiveness of community empowerment for natural resource management
- New framework and strategies for the management of weeds on a regional basis
- Increasing adoption of preventative weed management practices
However, even with the enormous progress made since the first edition of WeedPlan there are still many challenges to effective weed management in Tasmania. Some of these include the need for:
- Improved coordination of weed control activities of land and water managers, users, community groups and individuals.
- Further integration of weed management into other natural resource management programs
- Improved control of the importation of plants with weed potential from interstate or overseas.
To ensure these challenges are met and that WeedPlan remains relevant, WeedPlan has been revised.
Weedplan - Revised Edition 2005
The revised WeedPlan builds on the successes and philosophy of the original WeedPlan, and targets areas identified for improvement e.g. developments in weed management such as the move to regional NRM strategies and additional focus on biosecurity. It addresses the full range of stakeholders and issues which impact on weed management in the State and clarifies the roles of different stakeholders in the process, the relationship between them and their responsibility in implementing the range of actions.
WeedPlan - Revised Edition (2005) (403 KB)