Weed Management Review
The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has released a draft report outlining findings and draft recommendations for its review of weed management in NSW. This figure provides a summary of the proposed institutional arrangements and responsibilities. (Note: On 13 March a revision was posted with some minor amendments to pages 72 and 74.)
The draft recommendations have been informed by research, consultation and over 200 public submissions in response to the initial Issues Paper released in October 2013.
The final report, including the outcomes of consultation on the draft, will be prepared for the Minister by late May 2014.
Submissions on the draft report have now closed. Submissions on the draft report and the Issues Paper are available on the NRC website.
The NRC held seven public meetings in March (see schedule).
Schedule of public meetings
- 19 March - South Grafton District Ex-Servicemen’s Club Wharf St, 9am to 12 noon
- 20 March - Armidale City Bowling Club Dumaresq St, 9am to 12 noon
- 21 March - Dubbo RSL Club Resort Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra St, 9am to 12 noon
- 25 March - Cowra Services Club, 11am to 2pm
- 26 March - Parramatta Rydges, 1pm to 4pm
- 27 March - Wagga Wagga Commercial Club Gurwood St, 12pm to 3pm
- 28 March - Nowra Golf Club Fairway Drive, 12pm to 3pm
About the review
The Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson has requested the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to undertake an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of weed management arrangements in NSW with a view to inform the further development of the proposed NSW Biosecurity Act, and other relevant strategies under the NSW Biosecurity Strategy.
The NRC has been asked to:
- assess (based on existing data) the distribution and abundance of weeds across NSW and their impacts and likely trajectories
- evaluate current regulatory and institutional arrangements across both public and private tenures
- evaluate weed management programs funded by the Australian and NSW Governments
- identify and assess viable alternative weed management arrangements
- provide advice on potential transitional arrangements for the future implementation of the NSW Biosecurity Act and NSW Biosecurity Strategy.
For the purpose of the review, ‘weeds’ are defined as both introduced and native species but are limited to terrestrial and freshwater aquatic species only.
The Minister has asked the Commissioner to establish a steering committee to ensure the terms of reference are met and that stakeholder input is properly considered.
The steering committee consists of Cr Reg Kidd, Chair of the Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee, Dr Bruce Christie of Biosecurity NSW, and Mr Mick O’Flynn of the Office of Environment and Heritage.
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