Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy

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At its Council Meeting on Monday 16 December, Council adopted its new Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023, which aims to:

  • ensure the Strategy continues to align with current national, state and local government policy guidelines
  • assess Darebin’s current weed management practices
  • provide a guideline on future best practice on effective weed management, which covers:
    - reducing the use of all herbicides and eventual phasing out of glyphosate
    - increasing biodiversity values e.g. the connections of plants and animals
    - improving the appearance and functionality of public green spaces e.g. parklands, sporting fields, pavements.

Click on the image below to view Darebin’s Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023.

What's next

Thank you to all of you who provided feedback on the draft Integrated Weed Management Strategy. We have reviewed all the feedback and incorporated some great suggestions into the final strategy, which was adopted by Council.


Information about the Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023

Weeds have a major impact on environmental, economic and social values of society, they pose a threat to the Australian landscape. Conservation reserves, waterways, sports fields and open space areas are constantly challenged with existing and new emerging weeds.

Addressing these threats requires a strategic and coordinated response. Landholders, community groups, industry and government all have a role and this requires a collaborative approach.

To continue addressing the threats of weed, Council has developed the following key actions and desired outcomes in line with community expectations.

Key Actions
Desired Outcomes
Research, monitor and act with a view to preventing new and emerging (N&E) weeds from establishing in the municipality
  • Stay up to date on potential N&E weeds and their likelihood to present within the municipality
  • Consider factors such as climate change and upstream landuse change
  • Avoid N&E weeds entering the municipality
  • Eradicate N&E weeds
  • Work towards a ‘weed free zone’ in the north of the municipality. This will aim to create a region of low weed cover across all public land in the north
Minimise the impact of priority weeds on the natural, economic and community-held values in Darebin
  • Complete baseline weed cover mapping across all Conservation Bushland (CB) and Conservation Parkland (CP) and document priority weed species for each area
  • Complete weed cover monitoring on a bi-annual basis at the same times each year and report on the results
  • Test and improve data-collection systems for use in the field
  • Eradicate highest priority weeds within Council owned/managed land within 5 years
  • Reduce the % cover of all very high priority weeds within Council owned/managed land by 50% within 5 years and by 70% within 10 years
  • Establish a Darebin priority weeds database that is accessible to all on-ground staff and contractors and in limited form to the public
Minimise the risk of weed spread within the municipality including any that have originated within the municipality
  • Develop regional weed spread/vector map and 5 year plan that documents weed spread methods
  • Develop and implement a policy on vehicle and equipment hygiene
  • Take measures to ensure that street trees do not contribute to weed management issues
Plan, monitor and report on the impact of weed management activity
  • Undertake annual works planning across all areas of Council and with relevant contractors to review past year’s performance; set annual objectives; and plan for any extra requirements/budget requests
  • Ensure the Darebin Planning Scheme reflects land management best practice (including weed management)
Use appropriate technology and tools continually improving practice in the areas of effectiveness, efficiency and safety
  • Ensure planning for on-ground management (strategic and annual) includes consideration and incorporation of on-ground trials
  • Monitor and consider the impacts of Climate Change on practice
  • Ensure ongoing information sharing and learning is incorporated into all on-ground practice
Move to a low herbicide future
  • Implement a ‘no spray register’
  • Ensure consistent and relevant record-keeping for all herbicide purchase and use
  • Stop the use of herbicides by changing the type of treatment close to sensitive public places such as shopping strips, properties such as child care centres and elderly citizen’s homes, path edges and fence lines
  • Street Trees: adopt steam treatment or an alternative limited glyphosate solution for weed management during the two year tree establishment phase
  • Open Space Strategy and any subsequent outputs such as other strategies and Open Space Asset Management Plans to incorporate measures that will meet this goal
  • Review the management and objectives for each sports ground and golf course with a view to reducing herbicide use
  • Ensure best practice for use of herbicides


At its Council Meeting on Monday 16 December, Council adopted its new Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023, which aims to:

  • ensure the Strategy continues to align with current national, state and local government policy guidelines
  • assess Darebin’s current weed management practices
  • provide a guideline on future best practice on effective weed management, which covers:
    - reducing the use of all herbicides and eventual phasing out of glyphosate
    - increasing biodiversity values e.g. the connections of plants and animals
    - improving the appearance and functionality of public green spaces e.g. parklands, sporting fields, pavements.

Click on the image below to view Darebin’s Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023.

What's next

Thank you to all of you who provided feedback on the draft Integrated Weed Management Strategy. We have reviewed all the feedback and incorporated some great suggestions into the final strategy, which was adopted by Council.


Information about the Integrated Weed Management Strategy 2019-2023

Weeds have a major impact on environmental, economic and social values of society, they pose a threat to the Australian landscape. Conservation reserves, waterways, sports fields and open space areas are constantly challenged with existing and new emerging weeds.

Addressing these threats requires a strategic and coordinated response. Landholders, community groups, industry and government all have a role and this requires a collaborative approach.

To continue addressing the threats of weed, Council has developed the following key actions and desired outcomes in line with community expectations.

Key Actions
Desired Outcomes
Research, monitor and act with a view to preventing new and emerging (N&E) weeds from establishing in the municipality
  • Stay up to date on potential N&E weeds and their likelihood to present within the municipality
  • Consider factors such as climate change and upstream landuse change
  • Avoid N&E weeds entering the municipality
  • Eradicate N&E weeds
  • Work towards a ‘weed free zone’ in the north of the municipality. This will aim to create a region of low weed cover across all public land in the north
Minimise the impact of priority weeds on the natural, economic and community-held values in Darebin
  • Complete baseline weed cover mapping across all Conservation Bushland (CB) and Conservation Parkland (CP) and document priority weed species for each area
  • Complete weed cover monitoring on a bi-annual basis at the same times each year and report on the results
  • Test and improve data-collection systems for use in the field
  • Eradicate highest priority weeds within Council owned/managed land within 5 years
  • Reduce the % cover of all very high priority weeds within Council owned/managed land by 50% within 5 years and by 70% within 10 years
  • Establish a Darebin priority weeds database that is accessible to all on-ground staff and contractors and in limited form to the public
Minimise the risk of weed spread within the municipality including any that have originated within the municipality
  • Develop regional weed spread/vector map and 5 year plan that documents weed spread methods
  • Develop and implement a policy on vehicle and equipment hygiene
  • Take measures to ensure that street trees do not contribute to weed management issues
Plan, monitor and report on the impact of weed management activity
  • Undertake annual works planning across all areas of Council and with relevant contractors to review past year’s performance; set annual objectives; and plan for any extra requirements/budget requests
  • Ensure the Darebin Planning Scheme reflects land management best practice (including weed management)
Use appropriate technology and tools continually improving practice in the areas of effectiveness, efficiency and safety
  • Ensure planning for on-ground management (strategic and annual) includes consideration and incorporation of on-ground trials
  • Monitor and consider the impacts of Climate Change on practice
  • Ensure ongoing information sharing and learning is incorporated into all on-ground practice
Move to a low herbicide future
  • Implement a ‘no spray register’
  • Ensure consistent and relevant record-keeping for all herbicide purchase and use
  • Stop the use of herbicides by changing the type of treatment close to sensitive public places such as shopping strips, properties such as child care centres and elderly citizen’s homes, path edges and fence lines
  • Street Trees: adopt steam treatment or an alternative limited glyphosate solution for weed management during the two year tree establishment phase
  • Open Space Strategy and any subsequent outputs such as other strategies and Open Space Asset Management Plans to incorporate measures that will meet this goal
  • Review the management and objectives for each sports ground and golf course with a view to reducing herbicide use
  • Ensure best practice for use of herbicides


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    What are the reasons for Darebin Council having continued to use Roundup in the face of the critical press this chemical has received for many years? It is not just the concerns about human health but also the alleged threat to bee populations world wide. I want to see this chemical banned from use in my municipality.

    Lena asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question Lena. Council acknowledges the critical need to seek alternative methods for weed eradication rather than the use of chemicals. As you are aware, Council is reviewing the use of chemicals as part of developing a Weed Management Strategy. One of the key intentions of the review of the Integrated Weed Management Strategy is to provide a guideline for best practice weed management, including minimising the use of all chemicals. The current Council and previous Councils have always looked to use non-chemical alternatives. Where this was, or is, not possible, Council implements all necessary requirements when applying any chemical in the municipality. Factors considered include the type of application, weather, temperature, wind, humidity and the appropriate equipment required by trained staff. It is intended that the Weed Management Strategy will identify further strategies to minimise the use of chemicals. I would strongly encourage you to come along to the public session next Thursday as we look to phase out the use of glyphosate. Regards, Luke