Declared Plants (Weeds)

PEST Management Weeds

Pest plants and animals exist in every local government area, costing Queensland more than $710 million every year in lost production and control costs. Weeds and pest animals also cause degradation of natural resources including vegetation, and pose a threat to biodiversity values, human health and recreational activities.

The Queensland Government has declared certain plants Class 1, 2 or 3 pests  Under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002,   landowners must take reasonable steps to keep their land free of Class 2 declared plants. Rockhampton Regional Council controls Class 2 weeds on Council property.

The following plants have been declared local pests under Council’s Local Laws. 

  • Castor-oil Plant (Ricinus communis)
  • Devil’s Apple (Solanum aculeatissimum)
  • Devil’s Fig (Solanum torvum)
  • Elephant Grass (Penisetum purpurem)
  • Feral Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala)
  • Lion Tail (Leonotis nepetifloia)
  • Maltese Cockspur (Centaurea melitensis)
  • Sisal (Agave vivipara (var. vivipara and cv. Marginate (sisal)), Agave sisalana (sisal/sisal hemp)
  • Wild Sisal (Furcraea selloa)

Council has strategies for preventing the introduction, eradicating and containing declared and pest plants in the Rockhampton Region. Management strategies for the most common pest plants can be found in the Rockhampton Regional Council Pest Management Plan(PDF, 2MB) .