Managing invasive plants on your property
New and existing invasive plants are spreading. Each year, lost production and control of invasive plants cost Queenslanders around $600 million. Invasive plants also have a major impact on the environment and on people's livelihoods.
Landholders, including the Queensland government, have a responsibility to control pests on their lands. Under Queensland legislation, pest control notices can be issued.
What impacts do invasive plants have?
Invasive plants have the potential to adversely alter ecosystem function, reduce primary industry productivity and profitability, and seriously limit the long-term sustainability of all the state's agricultural and natural resources.
Invasive plants increase the risk of fire, increase costs to infrastructure maintenance, and reduce the amenity of recreation areas. Some invasive plants have well-documented and sometimes serious effects on human health.
Learn more about the impacts of invasive plants.
What can you do?
- Check your property regularly
- Control invasive plants with the latest methods
- Protect your property to reduce pest impacts
- Report any suspect sightings to your local government or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23
- Learn more about controlling weeds on your property.