Sydney Regional Weeds Committee




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Sydney Regional Weeds Committee




WEED CONTROL CLASS 4 MANAGEMENT PLAN
The control objective for Weed Control Class 4 is to minimise the negative impact of those plants on the economy, community or environment of NSW.
Name of Weed: RHUS TREE
Common name: Rhus Tree Scientific name: Toxicodendron succedaneum
The above mentioned weed is a noxious weed declared under section 7 of the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.
AREA OF OPERATION & PHONE NUMBERS FOR LOCAL CONTROL AUTHORITIES:

Sutherland 9710 0333


PLAN PERIOD
Starting date: XXXX 2011 Completion date: XXXX 2015

(Unless otherwise revoked)


CONTROL MEASURES FOR THE WEED AS PER ORDER 19
Class 4: The growth and spread of the plant must be controlled according to the measures specified in a management plan published by the local control authority.
The above local control authority specifies the following measures to control this weed:
Private Land

For individual or small infestations all plants must be completely removed or destroyed.


For larger infestations, prevent the spread and gradually reduce the extent of Rhus Tree, with due consideration to impact on native fauna habitat, by treating plants using any of the recommended techniques depending on the size of infestation and accessibility. A weed management plan for the site must be completed by the landholder and approved by the Local Control Authority. This will take into account any impacts on erosion, human health, native or desirable surrounding vegetation and fauna that will be affected by the control of the Rhus Tree. The weed must be prevented from fruiting and flowering. Individual specimens and small infestations must be completely removed. Large infestations must be reduced by 50% annually. Rhus plants that are adjacent to public thoroughfares or where people may reasonably come into contact with the plant, must be controlled and removed entirely for reasons of public safety.
Public Land

On council owned or managed land, the weed will be strategically controlled and reduced on a priority sub-catchment basis according to available resources as defined in the SSC Rhus Tree Weed Control Plan.




CONTROL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS WEED IN THE AREA OF OPERATION
General information on control methods for this weed can be found in the most recent edition of the annual Noxious and Environmental Weed Control Handbook www.dpi.nsw.gov.au or at www.sydneyweeds.org.au
Before commencing any chemical control program contact your local council's weeds officer for advice tailored to your situation. All herbicide must be used in accordance with the product label or relevant off-label permit issued by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority.
IMPORTANT: Rhus Trees can cause severe allergic reactions and general disability to people who come into direct contact with the plant or its sap. Precautions must be taken (such as wearing overalls, gloves, enclosed shoes, a dust mask and eye protection) when treating the weed.
Manual Control

Young plants are easily hand-pulled. Medium sized Rhus Trees (to 2m tall) can be cut at ground level and immediately painted with a registered herbicide (cut and paint). Larger individuals are best treated by stem injection.


Herbicide Control

Spray plants with a registered herbicide.


SPECIAL NOTES:

1. An integrated approach that uses a variety of control methods gives best results when dealing with Rhus Tree.

2. Best results are obtained by working from areas of light infestation towards heavier infestation.

3. Follow-up control after initial treatment is important to control regrowth and seedling germination in the long term.


LINKAGES TO OTHER PLANS, STRATEGIES (Local, Regional, State and National):

Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Weed Strategy

Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Weed Strategy
SECTION 12 OBLIGATIONS (from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993)
Private Land

An occupier (other than a public authority or a local control authority) of land to which a weed control order applies must control noxious weeds on the land as required under the order.

Maximum penalty: 40 penalty units.

Note: If an occupier fails to comply with obligations under a weed control order, those obligations may be enforced against the owner of the land as well as the occupier by a weed control notice issued under section 18


Public Land

The growth and spread of the plant must be controlled according to local or regional management plans under the responsibility of local Government.




PLAN ENDORSEMENT

This plan is endorsed by Sutherland Shire Council as the Local Control Authority in the area of operation.


Signed by: Position:
or, ratified at the meeting of ____________________Council, dated ______________2011



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