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Join the War on Weeds

Environmental weeds are plants which are not from the local area and can be highly invasive. Many weeds are introduced from abroad or even from other parts of Australia, escaping from gardens and invading our local urban areas and bushland.

Impacts of Weeds

  • Out compete native plants for water, nutrients, light and space, reducing the ability of native plants to survive alongside
  • Grow and reproduce rapidly due to a lack of natural herbivores and diseases in a new environment (in their native environment these things would control the population naturally)
  • Often weeds are not the right food source for the native animals and insects so affect the food chain and reduce food sources available
  • Can create a high fuel loading due high abundance of weeds, particularly grassy weeds.

Types of Weeds in Melville

For a full list of weeds view our Natural Area Asset Management Plan.

What Can You Do?

  • Avoid planting weeds in your garden - use native plants instead
  • Adhere to signage placed indicating weed control works
  • Join an Environmental Friends Group in your local bushland reserves to remove weeds.

Useful Weed Resources

  • War on Weeds brochure - contains information on some of the more harmful weeds to be found in Melville. Hard copies are available from most City of Melville centres.
  • Grow me instead website - contains information on weeds and alternatives to them for the gardening and nursery industry.
  • Weeds of National Significance list.

    Annual Weed Control Program - Natural Areas and Parks

    Weed Management Practices

    The City of Melville uses a number of techniques and strategies to control weeds for practical and effective long term outcomes, usually in combination, these include:

    • Hand weeding
    • Slashing/Brush cutting
    • Herbicide application
    • Injection of tree stumps.

    Natural Areas (Bushlands, Wetlands and Foreshore) - Herbicide Control Program

    The City of Melville Bushland staff, with the assistance of qualified bushland contractors, undertakes herbicide control to manage annual and perennial weeds in the City’s natural area reserves.

    • Appropriate signage will be displayed on vehicles and in strategic locations while works are in progress
    • Staff and contractors will be using current Best Management Practices to avoid any off-target damage
    • The inclusion of dyes with herbicides will be used to identify areas that have been treated.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Weekend work will be carried out as required

    Specific herbicides used include: 

    • Fusilade Forte® (Fluazifop-p), a grass specific herbicide, is used to target grass weeds such as Perennial Veldt Grass in bushlands
    • Round Up® Biactive (Glyphosate) and Metsulfuron is used to target bulbous and spring growing weeds in bushlands

    The methods and chemical concentrations that we employ are considered Best Practice Management and are only applied when required and done in a safe and responsible manner.

    Spraying Times and Locations

    Week of the 23rd May 20202

    • Blue Gum Lake Reserve
    • Booragoon lake Reserve
    • Bull Creek/Gabbiljee Reserve
    • Brentwood Living Stream
    • Ron Carroll
    • Fred Johnson
    • Beasley Reserve
    • Attadale Foreshore

    Parks - Herbicide Control Program

    The City's Parks team, with the assistance of registered spray contractors, undertake selective herbicide control to manage weeds in accordance with the manufacturer's label instructions within the City’s Active and Passive parks.

    During the course of our Parks weed control program, the following precautions are taken;

    • Appropriate signage is displayed on vehicles and in strategic locations while works are in progress, stating the chemical name being used
    • Signage will remain in place until any surface to which it was applied is dry 
    • Staff and contractors use current Best Management Practice to avoid any off-target damage

    Parks Spraying Times and Locations

    Spot spraying of Glyphosate and Fusilade will occur as required throughout the year.

    Broadacre herbicide spraying will commence July through to September 2021, weather dependent.

    Streetscapes - Herbicide Control Program

    The City’s road reserves are treated with a non-selective herbicide; this includes kerb lines, footpaths, medians, round-abouts and buffer zones, during the course of our streetscapes weed control program (throughout the year dependant on weather conditions);

    • Appropriate signage is displayed on vehicles while works are in progress, stating the chemical name being used
    • Staff and contractors use current Best Management Practices to avoid any off-target damage

    Spraying Times and Locations

    The City’s road reserve weed spraying contractor will be spraying in the suburbs of Palmyra, Bicton, Attadale and Melville the week beginning 2 May 2022 weather permitting. 


    The City of Melville is guided by regulatory advice from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in relation to the use of glyphosate. The DOH advises that a recent review by the APVMA is that products containing glyphosate are safe to use, when used in accordance with the label instructions. The APVMA review considered the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assessment and concluded that the scientific weight of evidence indicates that exposure to glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic or genotoxic risk to humans.

    Guided by the APVMA and the DOH on the use of glyphosate, the City will continue to use glyphosate for weed control in selected areas in accordance with best practice procedures and in a safe and careful manner. All pesticides used by the City and its contractors are approved by the APVMA  and are applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions by staff who are trained in safe and proper application.

    A fact sheet on Glyphosate Safety and Use is available should you wish to refer to it and details regarding the registration of products, registration and assessment of glyphosate are also available from the APVMA.

    Please note that if requested by a resident, the City will avoid spraying adjacent to their property.

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