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From gorse to ragwort, besom heath and more, we run a number of projects that engage groups to help manage weeds within our municipal areas.

Tamar Valley Weeds Strategy

The Tamar Valley Weed Management Strategic Plan was developed for Tamar NRM by consultants RMCG through a grant provided by the Tasmanian Government’s $5 million Weeds Action Fund under the guidance of a Steering Committee and has incorporated community input through consultation with all relevant stakeholders (local and State government, Landcare groups, landholders, etc). ​ The three priorities are:

  1. Reduce the impact of existing weeds in the Tamar Valley

  2. Prevent the establishment of new weed problems

  3. Build community awareness and capacity to act

The nine key weed species are:

  1. Asparagus Fern Asparagus scandens

  2. Besom heath Erica scoparia

  3. Boneseed Chrysanthemoides monilifera

  4. Bridal creeper Asparagus asparagoides

  5. Gorse Ulex europaeus

  6. Paterson’s curse Echium plantagineum

  7. Ragwort Senecio jacobaea

  8. Sea Spurge Euphorbia paralias

  9. Serrated tussock Nassella trichotoma


Why focus on weeds?

Weeds pose a significant threat to economic, environmental, and social assets within the Tamar Valley and more broadly across Tasmania and Australia. Weed management and production losses due to weeds are estimated to cost nearly $5 billion annually across Australia. Weeds also threaten significant ecological communities and threatened species and reduce the aesthetic value and access to land. Weed management is required to reduce these impacts where possible.


In the early 1990’s the Tamar Valley Weed Strategy was first formed as a community-based organisation, funded by the Tasmanian Government. The operational model of the organisation consisted of a coordinator bringing together all industry, Landcare groups, municipal Councils, Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association, Federal and State Governments, and individual landowners and farmers. The coordinator provided up to date weed identification and management information, coordinated weed management programs across land management tenure, and secured funding for weed education and management programs to assist landowners/ managers and community groups. This coordination role was passed to Tamar NRM (formerly Tamar Region Natural Resource Management Strategy) at its inception in 1999 with support from City of Launceston, West Tamar, and George Town municipalities.


Weed Projects




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