Tasmania is home to nearly 1,900 native species of flowering plants and over 800 introduced and naturalised plants, many of which are weeds. The annual cost of weeds to Tasmanian pastures and field crops in 2007 was valued at $58 million whilst the cost to our natural areas has not yet been calculated.
In order to effectively manage weeds over the longer term it is essential that partnerships are formed and maintained and that programs are coordinated and resourced on an annual basis. After all, weeds are a growing problem, they don’t respect boundaries and are everyone’s responsibility.
The Southern Tasmanian Weed Strategy 2005-2010 [click to download] establishes a framework for improving weed management decision-making and on-ground outcomes across the Southern Natural Resource Management region. It is based on developing partnerships and relationships that encourage an integrated, coordinated and cooperative approach across all levels of government, private enterprise and the community that will endure into the future.
Within the STCA the Weeds project manager is responsible for implementing the strategy with the support of the Steering Committee.