Weeds are a major threat to our unique natural environment, threatening the survival of hundreds of native plants and animals in NSW alone. They also impact on the price of food, human health through allergies and asthma, recreational activities and the NSW economy.
However, despite these major impacts many community members have little knowledge about the problems caused by weeds or the simple ways they can limit their spread and impact.
The ‘NSW – No Space 4 Weeds’ program is a state-wide weed awareness program that highlights that weeds are everyone’s problem and provides opportunities for the community of NSW to become part of the solution.
The current theme for weed awareness is early detection and surveillance and the campaign to be promoted under the NS4W banner is titled ‘Look out for weeds’. Early detection and surveillance offer the most strategic and cost effective form of weeds management. Early detection of weeds increases the likelihood that control will be successful and reduces costs as infestations can be treated when they are less extensive.
The community can help with early detection of weedy plants by knowing what to look for, where to look, when to look, and who to contact.
The following information can be used to deliver this theme: