Our Environment

Weed Management

In 2016, Council made the decision to employ a Weed Program Co-ordinator after identifying weed management within the municipality was lacking structure and was considered a priority by the community. This position is dedicated to council owned or managed land only.

The Weed Program Co-ordinator, working within the scope of the BODC Weed Management Plan;

  • Develops an annual weed management program and implements this using a range of treatment methods.
  • Strategically prioritise areas for treatment based on location, natural and economic value, weed species, size of infestation and type of weeds present.
  • Organises and carries out identification of weed infestations including mapping and monitoring as well as areas that are weed free.
  • Controls record management of weed treatments and follow up actions. Engage with landowners and offering advice regarding weed management.

The council weed management program is developed yearly. It is broken down into areas and priorities within those areas and includes:

  • Mapping
  • Monitoring
  • Routine inspections
  • Treatment – specifically and non-specifically (e.g. public notification of infestations)
  • Target weeds – specific problem weeds in certain areas
  • Quarry management
  • Tip Management
  • Hygiene
  • Treatment follow up (when and how)

The program is a working document. This fluidity allows for flexible movement and ad-hoc activities to occur in the changing environment of the municipality. It allows the categorisation of infestations from eradication or containment and seasonality of individual weeds.

Priority weeds in Break O’Day include (from Break O’Day Weed Management Plan):

  • Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
  • Willow (Salix fragilis)
  • Pampas (Cortaderia species)
  • Brooms (Genista monspessulana, Cytisus multiflorus, C. scoparius)
  • Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica)
  • Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera)
  • Bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides)
  • Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)
  • Any ‘environmental weed’that is deemed to be a high risk of spreading into valuable bushland and other native habitats

We need your help! If you notice a weed in your community we want to know!

If you are not sure whether it is a weed or not you can always check our priority weed list found here.

If you would like to report a weed, please send an email to admin@bodc.tas.gov.au with ‘Weeds’ in the subject line. To help us with our records and treatment plans it would be helpful to include the below information as well;

Name (optional)

Phone number (optional)

Date of observations

Type of weed (if known) or description

Photo (if you have one)

Area where the weed was found

Description of location

Any further information you would like to add?

Below are you will find a images and details of identified problem weeds in our area and how best to treat them.

You can find more information on weeds here and a booklet on coastal weeds of Tasmania here.

Spanish Heath

Status – declared weed

Treatment – small plants can be hand pulled, spray (immature and mature plants) or steam injection (for larger plants). Weed matting can be used where appropriate (takes 45 days).

Time of treatment – when plants are actively growing (April)


Status – weed of national significance

Treatment – spraying and cut stump, mechanical clearing for large infestations

Time of treatment – When actively growing (spring to early summer and after autumn). Never spray when in full flower or when bees are active.


Status – Not declared

Treatment – Spot spray or dig out

Time of treatment – Best before spring

Sweet Pittosporum

Status – Not declared

Treatment – spraying and cut stump for larger plants. Small plants can be hand pulled

Time of treatment – before fruiting Sept-March

Bluebell Creeper

Status – Not declared

Treatment – Mechanical removal, cur stump or spot spraying

Time of treatment – when actively growing Sept-Feb


Status – declared weed

Treatment – Small plants can be dug up (left upside down or burnt), larger plants can be mechanically dug up and spraying can be used.

Time of treatment – small plants all year round. Larger plants Jan-Sept (removing flower head if present


Status – Weed of national significance

Treatment – hand pulling (small plants), herbicide treatment (spraying or cut-stump)

Time of treatment – before seeding, hand pull smaller plant all year round


Status – Weeds of national significance

Treatment – Hand pulling for smaller and isolated plants, spraying and cut-steam for mature plants. Stem injection can also be used.

Time of treatment – preferably immature plants before seed production. Other treatments when plant is actively growing (May-Sept).


Status – declared weed

Treatment – Can be dug out or spot spayed. If flowering, remove flowers before treatment

Time of treatment – before flowering July-Jan

Paterson’s Curse

Status – Declared weed

Treatment – Isolated plants can be removed physically ensuring the entire tap root is removed. Spraying for larger infestations

Time of treatment – when actively growing May-Nov

African Boxthorn

Status – declared weed

Treatment – Spaying, cut stump or mechanical removal. Revegetate after removal.

Time of treatment – when actively growing (Sept-May)

Bridal Creeper

Status – weed of national significance

Treatment – Spaying (spot spraying), physical removal only for small infestations ensuring all rhizomes are dug up.

Time of treatment – winter, early spring (best time)

Mirror Bush

Status – Not declared

Treatment – spraying and cut stump for larger plants. Small plants can be hand pulled

Time of treatment – Best treated between June-Nov

Blue Psoralea

Status – Not declared

Treatment – spraying and cut stump for larger plants. Small plants can be hand pulled

Time of treatment – Best treated between Aug-Sept


Status – weed of national significance

Treatment – Spaying, cut and paint, slashing (short-term), hand weeding for small plants and best with a combination of treatments.

Time of treatment – best before/or flowering. DO NOT TREAT WHEN FRUITING