Is that a weed? Know what's growing on

Published: 1 January 2016

Found a new plant popping up in your backyard and not sure if it’s a weed or not? Eurobodalla Council’s invasive species team can help.

Weeds were known to take over precious habitats, threaten industries and impact livelihoods.

Natural resource officer Lily Berry is on a mission to help prevent the spread of weeds to protect native plants, animals and agriculture.

However, “we need your help to stop them,” says Ms Berry.

“The best control strategy is to keep weeds out. If they creep in, quickly get on top of them before they spread.”

Ms Berry said Eurobodalla residents have noticed new plants popping up as the weather warms.

“It can be tricky to identify weeds; a lot of people get them confused with native plants,” she said.

To help with the shire’s war on weeds, Council’s invasive species team launched a weed identification program to help the community work out what to keep and what to dig out.

If you see a plant that could be a weed and want to know more:

  • Take a picture
  • Note the location
  • Send it to

“If you’re not sure what’s growing in your backyard, send through clear photos of the whole plant, close-ups of leaves, flowers, and any fruit or seed capsules and we will be able to identify it for you,” Ms Berry said.

“We can help identify and suggest control options.”

The invasive species team was also travelling the shire to provide face-to-face advice.

“Come and visit us at during our Weeds Roadshow in Batemans Bay and Narooma to learn more about the shire’s weeds and some handy weed ID tips,” Ms Berry said.

Visit Ms Berry and the team at:

  • Narooma Plaza, Saturday 22 October, 10am – 2pm
  • Batemans Bay Bunnings, Saturday 19 November, 10am – 2pm.

A display will also be set up at Turnbull’s Moruya from 7- 14 November. For more information visit the South Coast weeds page.

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