Environmental weeds are plants that invade native vegetation affecting regeneration and survival of indigenous flora and fauna. A list of weeds of the Surf Coast Shire(PDF, 3MB) , how to treat weeds in your Surf Coast garden (PDF, 140KB) and much more can be found under the additional information page above.
We often have potentially invasive weeds in our gardens which easily, given the right conditions, ‘escape’ into the bush.
An environmental weed in Victoria can be an exotic plant introduced from overseas, an Australian native species from outside Victoria, a Victorian species that has spread outside its pre-European distribution, or in some cases an indigenous plant that has become ‘out of balance’ and has invaded indigenous vegetation communities.
Environmental weeds are considered to be the single greatest threat to native vegetation, they:
- alter the landscape character of the Australian environment and cause extinction of local plant species
- reduce the available habitat for our local wildlife species
- can easily dominate natural vegetation and prevent regeneration of indigenous trees and shrubs
- increase fuel loads, and make areas more fire prone
- change water cycles and affect erosion
- change nutrient levels of the soil
Please remove any environmental weeds from your garden to stop them from spreading into natural areas. There are a few different methods for removing weeds depending on the type of weed and growth stage. Visit Agriculture Victoria to learn about different ways to remove different types of weeds.
Easy: Just pop them in your fortnightly green waste bin, or take them to the tip. Here’s the list of local transfer stations that accept green waste.
Weeds of the Surf Coast Shire(PDF, 3MB)
Treating Weeds in Your Surf Coast Garden(PDF, 140KB)
Surf Coast Shire - Grassy Weeds Information Sheet(PDF, 349KB)
Roadside Weed and Rabbit control plan 2017-2019(PDF, 386KB)
Top 20 weeds - Anglesea to Eastern View(PDF, 962KB)
Top 20 weeds - Moriac, Freshwater Creek, Winchelsea, Barrabool Hills(PDF, 939KB)
Top 20 weeds - Lorne (inc Big Hill) Deans Marsh, Bambra(PDF, 1MB)
Top 20 weeds - Jan Juc, Torquay, Bellbrae, Connewarre(PDF, 1008KB)