Promoting the awareness, understanding & control of weeds


Sydney Weeds Professional Forum

Begins: 18 Oct 2013  
Ends: 18 Oct 2013
Organiser: Sydney Weeds Committee
State: NSW
Program: N/A


What: The Sydney Weeds Committees are hosting a one day technical forum for weed management professionals and operational staff working across the Greater Sydney and Blue Mountains region.

When: Friday 18th October 2013

Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills (10 minute walk from Central station)

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 Why: To build capacity of the weed management workforce in theSydney region. To share new technical information, knowledge, strategies and experiences. It's also a chance network and make new contacts in the industry.

Who: This forum is for local, state and federal government land managers, private companies, contractors/consultants, reserve trusts, non-government organisations and groups, and academics.

Cost: Registration Fee and program TBA

Suggested topics, tips, case studies and presentations so far:  

  • Managing the highest risk weeds - successes and lesson learnt
  • New and emerging weeds (as well as some weeds that have not yet arrived here)
  • Population and ecology - how plants become weeds
  • Climate change forecasts forSydney- which weeds/types of weeds might more easily establish here in the future
  • Weed control and protecting habitat - native fauna living in heavily weed infested environments
  • New chemicals and trials - effectiveness, toxicity, permits
  • Biocontrol - latest research and results
  • The hard to control weeds - ideas for what to do with them
  • Non-herbicide options for weed control
  • Successful regional projects
  • Bush regenerator and weeds inspector - a good model for how they can work together well
  • Successful use of technology/social media/websites etc to assist with regional co-ordination and community education
  • Changes on the horizon: NSW government reforms, policy and legislation

Planning is now under way. This forum is for the people working in the Greater Sydney region, and our neighbouring councils/regions.

Please contact me if you:

  • Would like to make a presentation?
  • Know of any good research relating to these above topics?
  • Know of a good speaker that we can approach?
  • Know of any academics/post grad students doing good research?
  • Would like to suggest other topics?
  • Would like to be part of the forum planning team (leading up to the day/ on the day)?
Contact: Rosanna Luca,
Project Officer
SydneyWeeds Action Project
Phone: 9895 7488 (Wed - Fri)