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Ryde community protects our bushlands during coronavirus while at home

Published on 27 May 2020

Although COVID-19 may be isolating us in our homes, the City of Ryde community has finally had time to focus on something closer to home—weeds. Weeds are unwanted plants that can rapidly take over our bushland areas and waterways, and in turn negatively impact our local ecosystem. As weeds vary in invasiveness and abundance, Council has a targeted approach to dealing with them. We are concentrating our efforts on managing priority weeds listed in our newly adopted Local Priority Weed Management Plan(PDF, 2MB).

Many households that adjoin our local bushlands have engaged with Council during their free weeds inspection, gaining advice and information on weed issues on their property.

This is where our community is stepping up to learn more about priority weeds and how to control them on their own land. Our collective effort greatly reduces the risk of weeds spreading into our protected bushlands.

The inspection process involves a Council officer inspecting the front yard and backyard with the resident to identify priority weeds that require urgent treatment. The officer will also explain how to effectively treat identified weeds, answer queries and provide educational material. A small number of properties may also benefit from a weed management plan that can be collaboratively developed with council.

Council’s Biosecurity Weeds Officer, Viniana, says, “It’s amazing to see first-hand the enthusiasm and efforts of people in our community in tackling the spread of weeds. These times, as tough as they may be, have given our residents the opportunity to make a difference in their own backyards that have positive flow-on effects on our natural environment.

Although weeding may seem like a mundane task, the more contained the spread is the greater chance our native flora and fauna have to survive.”

Council’s priority weed inspections on private properties are available to residents whose homes adjoin our protected bushlands and/or have serious weed problems. To find out more, visit our Weeds on Private Properties page.

Last updated on 27 May 2020