Promoting the awareness, understanding & control of weeds


November 2014

2013/14 Annual Financial Report

Spray regulation changes in the wind
Speaking at a workshop at badgingarra Research Station, NSW-based spray consultant Bill Gordon stressed the need for all pesticide users to keep up to date with spray regulations. Mr Gordon also advised that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is assessing current regulations, which may result in changes over the next 12-18 months.

For more information, refer to the Farm Weekly article.

$11.3 million in new funding
At an event in Junee this week Katrina Hodgkinson, the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, announced the full list of regional and state projects that will benefit from funding for ongoing noxious weed control as part of the government's Weed Action Program.


The minister highlighted how this funding program has allowed for research and implementation of novel noxious weed control methods, including DNA barcoding to readily identify invasive weeds, and the Red Guide Post Initiative which helps with the management and control of  road-side weeds in high-risk areas.

For more information, please refer to the media release.


Fewer taxonomy skills are allowing weeds to creep in
A Western Australian academic, Margaret Collins, has drawn attention to how invasive weeds can be allowed to establish in a region by simply being mis-identified. In a case study of Crotalaria pallida, two instances are described where this invasive weed has inadvertently been allowed to grow. One instance was in a university greenhouse where a mis-identified seed sample led the researcher to believe the seed was a Lupinus species. The second case was outside the Western Australian Herbarium, where a plant was growing from commercially obtained 'native plant seed'.

Most disturbingly, the government response was reported as being that this weed was unlikely to be a problem and that there were insufficient resources to react to 'anything other than the most dire  of biosecurity threats'.

The combination of reduced taxonomic skills and inadequate resourcing can lead to weeds being allowed to establish.

Read the full article on the Australasian Systematic Botany Society website.

Coolatai grass management recognised as part of Award
The NSW Roadside Environment Committee (REC) sponsored Roadside Environmental Management Award recognised the efforts of the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (HCCREMS). These councils won Division C of the Awards through initiatives to restore threatened species, improve water quality and constrain exotic grass dispersal. The projects effectively constrained the inter-council spread of the highly invasive weed, Coolatai grass. More details available from the Local Government website, or Steve Wilson, HCCREMS Regional Program Manager (02 4978 4026).

New Integrated Weed Management (IWM) resource
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has just launched a new Integrated Weed Management Hub that will provide grain growers and advisors internet access to a range of information and resources.

The Hub is designed to provide quick, efficient access to the latest weed management research and advice. This free resource provides a “one-stop shop” for detailed reference documents states Tom McCue, GRDC Manager Delivery Platforms.

More information is available via the press release, or by visiting the IWM Hub.

Latest spray drift research
University of Queensland research is helping identify spray dirft reduction techniques.

NSW Biosecurity Framework
The proposed Framework outlines the legislative tools and powers required to manage pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants in NSW

19th Australasian Weeds Conference draws near
The 19th Australasian Weeds Conference will be held in Hobart, 1-4 September 2014, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The theme for the conference is “Science, Community and Food Security: the Weed Challenge”.

Keynote speakers include:

Kareena Arthy, CEO of the APVMA

Dr Daniel Simberloff, the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the University of Tennessee's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professor Stephen Hopper, Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Western Australia

For more information, please visit the website:

Farm chemical regulation overhaul
The federal government is set to make simplify the bureaucracy surrounding agricultural and veterinary chemicals.  Amongst the touted changes are a reduction in the paperwork required for re-registration of imported products when the products have not changed. The proposed amendments stand to save industry $1.3 billion by removing costly red tape.

For the full story, visit The Land