Weeds Management

Overgrown Land
To assist in the control of vermin and possible fire hazards, land must be maintained in a reasonable condition and not become overgrown.
Where land is overgrown, occupiers may be served with a notice to cut and/or remove overgrown vegetation.

Where this notice is not complied with, Council will arrange for the work to be done and apply a surcharge of 25% over and above the cost of mowing/vegetation removal.

Complaints concerning overgrown land should be directed to our Customer Service Centre on 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919.


The following is a list of invasive plants which have been determined restricted matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014.  Restricted matter is found in Queensland and has significant economic, environmental and social impacts.

For a full list of invasive plants see Schedule 2 Part 2 of the Biosecurity Act 2014

Restricted matter is assigned category numbers from 1-7 based on its characteristics and the risks it poses.  More than one category may be assigned if multiple restrictions are appropriate to counter the risks.  A person must comply with the category requirement for the restricted matter unless otherwise authorised by regulation or permit.  The categories are as follows:

Category 1 restricted matter requires immediate containment or eradication to minimise the risk of spread. It must be reported to an inspector within 24 hours of an individual becoming aware of its presence and must be reported to the State

Category 2 restricted matter includes a range of plant and fish species that pose a significant biosecurity risk and require management. Category 2 restricted matter must be reported to an authorised officer (State or Local Government) within 24 hours of an individual becoming aware of its presence.

Category 3 restricted matter includes all invasive animals and plants where deliberate distribution or disposal is a key source of spread. It must not be given as a gift, sold, traded or released into the environment unless the distribution or disposal is provided for in a regulation or under a permit.

Category 4 restricted matter includes specific invasive plants and animals that must not be moved to ensure they are not spread into other areas of the State. As with category 3, the intention of this prohibition is to limit its distribution or spread.

Category 5 restricted matter cannot be possessed or kept under a person’s control. This restricted matter category includes invasive species that have a high pest potential and capacity to impact heavily on the environment.  There are exemptions for seized items, where the restricted matter is being held for identification purposes or under permit.

Category 6 restricted matter cannot be fed unless held under a restricted matter permit or for the purposes of poison baiting. This includes invasive animals and noxious fish which are not owned by a person. The intention of this prohibition is to discourage population growth.

Category 7 restricted matter must be killed as soon as practicable and disposed of in a way described under a regulation. This is currently intended for the management of noxious fish.

Invasive plants that are considered restricted matter in Livingstone Shire include:

  • 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 (Agava vivpara (var. vivipara and cv. Marginate (sisal), Agava sisalana (sisal/sisal hemp)).
  • Wild Sisal (Furcraea selloa)
For a full list of invasive plants and their respective factsheets see Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Invasive plants can:

  • Adversely alter ecosystems function;
  • Reduce primary industry productivity and profitability;
  • Seriously limit the long-term sustainability of agriculture and natural resources;
  • Increase fire risk;
  • Increase costs of infrastructure maintenance;
  • Reduce amenity;and
  • Some weeds have adverse health effects on animal and/or human health.

Landowners are responsible for controlling invasive plants on their property.

Council’s Pest Management Officers are responsible for controlling invasive plants on Council land. 

Everyone must take reasonable steps to prevent or minimise biosecurity risks. Read more about General Biosecurity Obligations here.

Council can assist landowners to control invasive plants on private land by: 

  • Conducting inspections to identify invasive plant species; and
  • Provide advice on control methods.

Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 790 919 if you would like a Pest Management Officer in your area to call you back to discuss weed management.

For more information on invasive plants visit the Biosecurity Queensland  website, PestSmart website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919.

Council is also concerned about garden escapees. While some plants escape the boundaries of the garden without any human intervention, residents should at all costs not place green waste from their gardens outside their properties, especially in creeks. The best place for green waste is in your compost heap or at the Landfill where it is recycled.

Should a resident wish to have a suspected weed identified, or have concerns about a neighbouring landowner's weeds, the Suspected Weeds Report at the right hand side of this page may be downloaded. This Report may be lodged at your local Council Office, the Customer Service Centre (Yeppoon Town Hall) Monday to Friday, or posted to Council at PO Box 2292, Yeppoon, Qld 4703.

Brochures on pests and pest control are available from Council.

For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919.