Pest Plants

A pest plant or weed is a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. Weeds can have a detrimental impact on the economy, the environment, human health and amenity values.

Impacts can include:

  • smothering native vegetation
  • destroying habitat for native wildlife
  • harbouring pest animals
  • displacing crops and pasture
  • causing harm to livestock.

Weeds are spread in a variety of ways, including:

  • the movement of machinery, vehicles or other equipment
  • contaminated hay
  • on the coats of animals or clothing of people
  • by movement of soil
  • by wind.


What Council is doing

Council is committed to controlling and reducing the spread of noxious and environmental weeds and reducing their impacts across land in Hume. Council targets priority weeds, which forms the basis of our weed control activities, programs and initiatives. Council assists residents by providing information on weed identification and control options. The Conserving our Rural Environment program also provides grants for weed control in certain areas of Hume.

Managing weeds on rural roadsides

Council manages priority weeds across municipal rural roadsides each year through the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program to assist in preventing the spread of noxious weeds onto private land and to protect roadside conservation areas. The program is funded by Council, with supporting funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Read the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program Control Plan 2017-2019 for further information.

Hume’s Priority Weeds

A list of priority weeds was developed for those which are of greatest concern to Council and landowners within the municipality. These weeds may be widespread and common, or limited in their current distribution with the ability to spread further in our region. 

Priority Weed Guidelines

Read our priority weed guidelines to find out how you can control these weeds.




























Why should I seek advice on unknown plants?

Native plants are often mistakenly removed as they look very similar to some weed species. It is important to identify an unknown plant on your property early to determine whether it is a weed or a native species before implementing a control program. If the plant is a weed, early identification will give you the best chance of controlling it before it spreads and becomes a larger problem.

Plant Identification

If you find a plant on your property and would like assistance in its identification, or would like a free copy of WEEDeck, a pocket weed identification guide that covers all of Hume’s priority weeds, you can call the Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200.

You can also submit your images to and Council staff will help you to identify the plant. Instructions for emailing your images:

  • Photo files must be between 1 megabyte and 6 megabytes (or no more than 9 megabytes per email)
  • Photos must be accompanied by: 
     -    Your full name and contact details
     -    The location of the plant 
     -    A brief description of the plant’s key features
  • Please use the GPS function if your camera permits

Updated : 12:05 PM, 25 July 2018

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