Pest plants and animals

What is a weed?

‘Weeds are plants that invade and thrive in environments in which they do not naturally occur.’

'Environmental Weeds' threaten natural ecosystems, can invade native plant communities and compete with them for space, nutrients and sunlight, resulting in reduction of plant diversity and loss of habitat for native animals.

They're often seemingly attractive, innocuous, common garden plants – did you know they can even be native to Australia or exotic.

Council's Weed Identification Booklet can help you better identify these Environmental Weeds and explains the various methods of control (copies of the booklet are available from Council offices).

Declared Noxious Weeds

By law, landholders are required to control or eradicate noxious weeds, as proclaimed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

See Agriculture Victoria for more information


Did you know European Rabbits are one of Victoria’s most destructive and problematic pest animals?

They cause environmental damage by:

  • destroying Indigenous vegetation;
  • competing with native animals for food and habitat
  • causing erosion, soil loss and creek and river bank destabilisation.
  • inflict significant economic cost on the agricultural and horticultural sector and reduce the value of parks and gardens by feeding on plants and digging up turf.  They can even be a common problem in the home vegetable patch

State legislation (Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994) requires landowners to control declared Pest Plants and Animals, including rabbits, on their land.  This means taking action to minimise their impact and to prevent their spread.  Council works with individual property owners and Landcare Groups to meet its obligations.

Swooping Birds

In spring, native birds such as magpies may swoop to defend their young ones for 6-8 weeks to warn people not to come near their nesting area.

The best way to avoid being swooped is to know your local hotspots and avoid the area altogether. To plan your route around known swooping hotspots or to report a swooping incident by any species of bird, and mark its location on Victoria's interactive swooping bird map, please visit .

It's important to note that Magpies and other native birds are protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act 1975. Under the Act, it is an offence to kill, take, control or harm wildlife in Victoria. Penalties do apply to those found in breach.

Roadside Pest Plant and Animal Control Program Control Plan

You can download the Roadside Pest Plant and Animal Control Program Control Plan by clicking on the link below.