Roadside Weed and Pest Control Project

Northern Grampians Shire Council is one of 56 rural and regional councils across Victoria that received funding under the state government’s Roadside Weeds and Pests Management Program to assist in the management of ‘regionally prohibited’,‘regionally controlled’ and 'restricted' weeds and pests on rural roadsides.

Council is responsible for the management of approximately 3,400 km of local road network and is dedicated to managing weed infestations on council managed land. The key focus is the commitment to the early prevention and control of weed species newly identified in the area as roads provide the ideal pathway for invasive species to spread across the region threatening parks, forests and rural land asset values.

Council currently has funding for the following program:

This will be used for both on-ground works and for the development and implementation of the Roadside Pest and Weed Control Plan to benefit all community members, particularly property owners and private land managers with agricultural land bordered by rural roadsides.

For further information please refer to the Northern Grampians Shire Council 2019-20 Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program. 2019-2020 Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program(PDF, 937KB)

In order to most efficiently utilise funding, council is collecting and mapping information input from contractors, individuals, landcare groups, community groups and ‘friends-of’ groups. Council encourages any individual or community group with local knowledge relating to weed and/or pest information to contact the council in order to stay informed of current and emerging weed and rabbit issues in the shire.

The Roadside Weeds and Rabbit Reporting Form is available online to report any occurrence of weeds or rabbits throughout the shire.  

Roadside Weeds and Rabbit Reporting form >>

Landholders who do not want roadside spraying to occur along their properties please complete the online No Spray form to notify council of your preference. 

 No Spray form >>

Bindii (also known as Caltrop)

Bindii, also known as Caltrop, is a declared noxious weed, and has become another major weed of concern in the Northern Grampians Shire by threatening the amenity values of recreation activities in the municipality.

Successful control of Bindii in the municipality requires a community approach. You can learn more about how you can help to control Bindii in the brochure below.

Soldier Thistle Control Project 2020

Recently, a previously absent weed has been identified in the Northern Grampians Shire - the Soldier Thistle (Picnomon acarna). This weed is classified has a 'Regionally Prohibited' weed by the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA), and is a threat to existing natural and agricultural landscapes. 

Because of this, the DJPR and Agriculture Victoria have launched a control program focusing on the Soldier Thistle, with regional eradication the goal. In order to assist with this goal, Northern Grampians Shire Council have added the Soldier Thistle to the Roadside Weed and Pest Program as a target species. 

The target areas of the project are Marnoo, Swanwater and Gooroc. Landowners within the target areas have been notified by Agriculture Victoria and are encouraged to voluntarily comply with their legal obligations prior to Agriculture Victoria Officers undertaking an initial inspection.

Where it is identified on inspection that soldier thistle control is required, specific advice will be provided. Landowners within the target areas will receive further correspondence in the coming weeks indicating the intent of Agriculture Victoria Officers to undertake an inspection of the property. After receiving this notice, you may wish to contact Agriculture Victoria to arrange a time or date for this inspection that is mutually convenient. 

For more information about the Soldier Thistle(PDF, 82KB), visit the Agriculture Victoria website, or contact us.