Pests & Weeds Pests & Weeds

Declared Weeds

Under Queensland law, landowners, including state and local government, are responsible for controlling declared weeds on their property. 

Weeds which are currently prevalent in the Gladstone region include Parthenium (359KB PDF), Giant Rats Tail Grass (272KB PDF), Mother of Millions (286KB PDF), and Rubbervine (274KB PDF).

Declared plants are listed under three different categories;

Class 1
A Class 1 pest is one that has the potential to become a very serious pest in Queensland in the future. We need to prevent the introduction, possession and sale of these species so that they can’t escape to become pests.
All landholders are required by law to keep their land free of Class 1 pests. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep, release or sell Class 1 pests without a permit.

Class 2
A Class 2 pest is one that has already spread over substantial areas of Queensland, but its impact is so serious that we need to try and control it and avoid further spread onto properties that are still free of the pest.
By law, all landholders must try to keep their land free of Class 2 pests and it is an offence to possess, sell or release these pests without a permit.

Class 3
A Class 3 pest is one that is commonly established in parts of Queensland. Landholders are not required to control a Class 3 declared pest plant on their land unless a pest control notice is issued by a local government because
the pest is causing or has potential to cause an negative impact on an adjacent environmentally significant area. It is an offence to supply a Class 3 pest. A permit for specific purposes may be issued by Biosecurity Queensland. Species not declared under the Land Protection (Pests and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 may still be declared at a local government level under local laws.

For further information on Declared Plant Class Types Click Here

For further information please contact Council's Regulatory Services Division on (07) 4977 6821 or contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23 or visit their website click here.

Declared Pests

Under Queensland law, landowners, including state and local government, are responsible for controlling declared pest animals on their property.

There are 3 classes of declared animals (2 of which are currently used) under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. These animals are targeted for control as they represent a threat to primary industries, natural resources and the environment.

Declaration imposes a legal responsibility for control by all landowners on land under their  management, including all landowning state agencies.

Unless you have a permit, it is an offence under the Act to:

  • introduce a pest animal to the state
  • feed a declared pest animal
  • keep a declared pest animal
  • release a declared pest animal.

For further information on Declared Pest Class Types Click Here

Plant Disease

Information and Management of Myrtle Rust

For information and control methods on reducing the spread of Myrtle Rust click here