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Rous County Council (RCC) works with a wide range of stakeholders to combat the spread of noxious weeds in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The council is the Local Control Authority responsible for administering the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 in the region. RCC provides a cost-effective and consistent mechanism for control and management of noxious weeds within the county. The operational footprint includes all of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Kyogle shires. It covers about 10,290 square kilometres, adjoining the Queensland border to the north, Tenterfield Shire to the west and the Clarence Valley local government area to the south.
Council’s approach to weed management has strong links with the Australian Weeds Strategy, the NSW Biodiversity Strategy, NSW Invasive Species Strategy and the NSW Weed Action Program.
Council's weed management platform is based on the achievement of the four goals outlined below:
Our approach to weed management reflects the following key themes:
Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting framework provides for the coordinated and cooperative management of noxious weeds across our county.
Principal activities and services of Council are outlined below.
Weed management on public lands
Strategic control of high priority, high risk weed species
Education, extension and community engagement
As a local control authority, under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, RCC has the following noxious weed control functions in relation to the Far North Coast.
Roadside weed management: RCC is responsible for the control of noxious weeds on roadsides and other lands under its control.
Community information: RCC is responsible for informing the community about noxious weeds and occupiers’ responsibilities to control them.
Declaration: RCC is responsible for monitoring changing plant status in the environment and determining whether declaration is the best approach to managing those changes.
The Minister for Agriculture is responsible for declaring weeds. RCC’s role is to recommend declarations, where appropriate, to the Minister through the Regional Weeds Committee and the State Weeds Committee.
RCC offers a range of services to land holders.