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Rous County Council (RCC) works with a wide range of stakeholders to combat the spread of targeted weeds in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The council is the local control authority responsible for administering the Biosecurity Act 2015 for weeds in the region. RCC provides a cost-effective and consistent mechanism for control and management of targeted 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 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 targeted 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
The council of a local government area is the local control authority for land within that local government area unless the weed control functions for that area have been conferred on a county council under any other Act. If the weed control functions for an area have been conferred on a county council, the county council is the local control authority for that area.
As a local control authority, under the Biosecurity Act 2015, RCC has the following weed control functions in relation to the Far North Coast.
Further to our responsibilities noted above, RCC offers a range of services to land holders. These include: