Invasive plants can pose a serious threat to biodiversity and to primary production. They contribute to land and water degradation, losses in productivity, and they can significantly impact native flora and fauna populations.
Environmental weeds are listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 as a threatening process for native vegetation.
To assist public land managers to prioritise locations and resources for weed management, DEPI has published Guidelines and Procedures for Managing the Environmental Impacts of Weeds on Public Land in Victoria
DEPI has developed advisory lists of invasive plants in Victorian bioregions in collaboration with DPI. The advisory lists help weed managers prioritise the threat of different weed species to native vegetation and biodiversity in different bioregions. The advisory lists are not legally binding, though they can guide both public and private land managers and enable better targeting of effort.
Advisory list of environmental weeds of aquatic habitats of Victoria
Advisory list of environmental weeds of coastal plains and heathy forests bioregions of Victoria
Advisory list of environmental weeds of the Inland Plains bioregions of Victoria
Advisory list of environmental weeds of the Mallee bioregions of Victoria
Advisory list of environmental weeds of the Ranges bioregions of Victoria
- Otway Eden and Glenelg Eden protect key asset areas through weed control by applying the Guidelines and Procedures for Managing the Environmental Impacts of Weeds on Public Land in Victoria
- The Good Neighbour Program encourages cooperation between government and other landholders to control weeds and pest animals on the boundary between public and private land.
- DEPI in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire are eradicating an isolated population of Bitou bush at Davey's Bay to prevent the spread of this invasive plant throughout Victoria.
- Bush Guardians provides grants to support community groups that are working with government to protect public land.
Weeds of Murrindindi iApp
The devastating fires of Black Saturday 2009 burnt 430,000ha of land in Victoria, most centred along the Great Divide and including locations such as Mt Disappointment, Mt Robertson, Toolangi, Black Range, Marysville and Blue Range State Forests, together with Kinglake National Park and Cathedral State Park.
As part of an intensive post fire weed control program conducted on public land, this app was developed to assist scientists, land managers and the general public to identify and locate weeds within the fire affected area.
The Weeds of Murrindindi iApp lists weeds representing the highest overall environmental risk, as identified by Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria staff. It is available as a free download from the iTunes store now.
Watch a short tutorial on how to use the app.