Weed management by the Shire
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River implements an integrated weed management approach for the control of weeds around the shire that pose a risk to biodiversity, infrastructure or public safety. This involves using a combination of several weed management techniques, such as physical control, chemical control and biological control. The advantage of using an integrated weed management approach is that there is flexibility in determining appropriate control strategies for different areas by considering economical, ecological and human health factors.
It is recognised that there may be concern in the local community and from visitors alike about the use of chemical herbicides, particularly in public and residential areas. The Shire aims to evaluate the use of chemicals for weed control by using alternative weed control methods where feasible, including biological control, natural weed control by planting endemic species, mulching, fire, steam, slashing and manual removal.
This Integrated Weed Management Plan provides guidance on the effective and efficient control of weeds on Shire-managed land based on an integrated approach using a range of appropriate prevention and control methods.