Promoting the awareness, understanding & control of weeds


January 2019

Direct Drilling Oral History Project
This project examined the development and early introduction of Direct Drilling in the winter rainfall areas of Australia (WA,SA, Vic and NSW) in the 1970's.

The main emphasis was on the early adopters who are the unsung heroes of this great story. They comprise the majority of the 35 interviews completed over a two year period. Key multipliers,such as Brian Scarsbrick, and a few ICI personnel are also interviewed.

The interviews are whole of life, often 5 hours, but are topic indexed so that Direct Drilling can be easily accessed. The majority are open on line but a few are restricted so you will need to follow a procedure which is explained to access these ones.

I would like to acknowledge the National Library of Australia Folklore and Oral History Branch for undertaking this project with great skill and enthusiasm; the two exceptional interviewers and generous sponsors Grain and Development Council (GRDC) and Syngenta. This funding enabled us to complete the project as a matter of urgency which was essential given the advanced age of most participants.

Interviews can be accessed from the National Librrary of Australia Direct Drilling Project.


September 2018

Scam journal

There appears to be a publishing scam called the Journal of Research Weed Science   

This apparently scam, fake journal lists S Powles as Senior Editor.    Prof. S Powles is NOT associated in any way with this supposed publication. It is believe this is most likely a publishing scam and anyone should be careful if accessing the website.


November 2017

2016/17 Financial report


April 2017

2017 Buerckner and Stephenson Awards open
The biennial Buerckner and Stephenson Awards are now open for nominations. Please see the attached media release for more details.


February 2017

Scholarships Expression of Interest
The Invisible Farmer, funded as an ARC Linkage project, is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. It will combine personal narratives and academic research to map the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in Australian agriculture. The project is based on a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

For more information, visit the website.

​Tips for Diversity and Integration in Weed Control
Make weed control a key biosecurity focus both at your workplace and collectively with your neighbours and we are on our way to a more productive and aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Using physical controls such as mowing or slashing is another tool but without proper timing (vegetative not reproductive) and appropriate hygiene (cultural controls such as machinery washdown) weed seed can be spread over great distances as can be seen with roadside vegetation control.

To read more, please visit the ChemCert website.

What will GHS mean for you and your Workplace?
The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is mandatory in Australia since 1 January 2017, with the exception of Victoria and Western Australia.

To read more about how you or your workplace may be affected, please visit the ChemCert website.

Call for Abstracts - 19th NSW Weeds Conference

Call for Abstracts

 19th NSW Weeds Conference

 16th – 19th October 2017

University of New England, Armidale


Experience the Highs – working smarter together

CAWS Travel Awards close soon
CAWS offers travel awards annually, closing on 1 March.  Further information and application forms can be found on the CAWS website or by following the links below:

For students:

For young weed scientists:


Call for Abstracts - 18th Australian Agronomy Conference
On behalf of the Organising Committee of the Australian Society of Agronomy, you are invited to submit a paper for the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference.

Hort industry secures more than $1.2 million in chemical grants
Horticulture Innovation Australia today secured more than $1.2 million in agriculture research grants. Twenty six grants were secured in the latest round of the Australian Government’s agriculture and veterinary (Agvet) chemicals programme. This Agvet grant funding will open up more opportunities for growers to better manage pests, weeds and disease, ensuring the sustainability and profitability of the industry, and quality products for consumers.

Read the full story here.


January 2017

New study shows how plants fight off disease
A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how a plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease. The research team used x-ray crystallography to understand how the immune receptors assembled during signalling. The study was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Read the full story here.

US chemical industry body calls for reform of WHO cancer agency
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) industry body this week called for the World Health Organization's cancer agency to reform, accusing it of "dubious and misleading" work in classifying potential carcinogens. Its assessments of whether such things as coffee, mobile phones, processed meat and glyphosate cause cancer have caused particular controversy in recent years, The ACC said the International Agency for Research on Cancer's evaluations "have a significant impact on US public policy" and should be based on "transparent, thorough assessment of the best available science."

Read the full story here.

Agriculture 2017 Travel Awards for junior investigators and PhD students
Junior investigators and PhD students interested in obtaining international funding for travel support to attend a conference during the 2017/18 financial year are encouraged to visit apply for Agriculture 2017 Travel Awards.

Fight over endocrine disruptors continues
The European Commission has found itself unable to secure the backing of member states for its proposals on endocrine disruptors, throwing the future of pesticides in the EU into doubt again. Europe's 2009 pesticides regulation states that active substances cannot be approved for use if they are endocrine disruptors, but in order to be considered as such, a definition needs to be decided upon.

Read the full story here.


November 2016

Moree Plains Shire Council wins 2016 Roadside Environmental Management Award
Moree Plains Shire Council was the outright winner of the NSW Roadside Environmental Management Award at the 2016 LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards presented yesterday. The Award was sponsored by the NSW Roadside Environment Committee. Congratulations also to Lachlan Shire Council and Ballina Shire Council which each received Highly Commended Awards.

Source: Neil Dufty - Executive Officer
NSW Roadside Environment Committee

2016 AGM and Dinner
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue for the 2016 Annual General Meeting has had to be changed at late notice.

The 2016 AGM will be held at "The Terrace Room", Glum Gum Hotel, 55 Pacific Highway, WAITARA. The meeting will commence at 4:00pm.

This venue is only a short walk from the Magpies Waitara, 11-37 Alexandria Parade, WAITARA where the Annual Dinner will be held, commencing at 7:00pm.

2016 Financial Report


May 2016

20AWC registration now open
Registrations for the 20th Australasian Weeds Conference are now open.

Early bird registrations close 9th August.

Abstracts for poster presentations can still be submitted up to 20 June.

See the conference website for full details.


March 2016

20AWC Call for Abstracts extended
The conference organisers for the 20th Australasian Weeds Conference have decided to extend the closing date for submitting abstracts to 30 March in case some people missed the deadline. The conference is set to be held in Perth, 11-15 September 2016.

Full details about the conference and abstract submission can on the conference website.


November 2015

2014/15 Annual Financial Report
Attached is a copy of the Annual Financial Report to be presented at the 50th Annual General Meeting.


October 2015

50th Society AGM
The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Weed Society of New South Wales will be held Thursday 19th November 2015, commencing at 4:00 pm at the Gatehouse Building, Lake Macquarie City Council Depot.

A proxy form is attached should a member who is unable to attend wish to vote on the matter of proposed changes to the membership rates.


June 2015

Give Away - Two full conference registrations
Two Free Full Registrations to the 18th Biennial NSW Weeds Conference in Cooma – 12th-15th October 2015 valued at $770


*** Tell us in 250 words or less why you would like to receive a free registration to attend this year’s NSW Biennial Weed Conference ***


April 2015

Only six months to NSW Weeds Conference
The 18th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference will be held in Cooma, 12 - 15 October, 2015. Full details on the conference and how to participate are available from the conference website,


November 2014

2013/14 Annual Financial Report


September 2014

Spray regulation changes in the wind
Speaking at a workshop at badgingarra Research Station, NSW-based spray consultant Bill Gordon stressed the need for all pesticide users to keep up to date with spray regulations. Mr Gordon also advised that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is assessing current regulations, which may result in changes over the next 12-18 months.

For more information, refer to the Farm Weekly article.

$11.3 million in new funding
At an event in Junee this week Katrina Hodgkinson, the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, announced the full list of regional and state projects that will benefit from funding for ongoing noxious weed control as part of the government's Weed Action Program.


The minister highlighted how this funding program has allowed for research and implementation of novel noxious weed control methods, including DNA barcoding to readily identify invasive weeds, and the Red Guide Post Initiative which helps with the management and control of  road-side weeds in high-risk areas.

For more information, please refer to the media release.



August 2014

Fewer taxonomy skills are allowing weeds to creep in
A Western Australian academic, Margaret Collins, has drawn attention to how invasive weeds can be allowed to establish in a region by simply being mis-identified. In a case study of Crotalaria pallida, two instances are described where this invasive weed has inadvertently been allowed to grow. One instance was in a university greenhouse where a mis-identified seed sample led the researcher to believe the seed was a Lupinus species. The second case was outside the Western Australian Herbarium, where a plant was growing from commercially obtained 'native plant seed'.

Most disturbingly, the government response was reported as being that this weed was unlikely to be a problem and that there were insufficient resources to react to 'anything other than the most dire  of biosecurity threats'.

The combination of reduced taxonomic skills and inadequate resourcing can lead to weeds being allowed to establish.

Read the full article on the Australasian Systematic Botany Society website.

Coolatai grass management recognised as part of Award
The NSW Roadside Environment Committee (REC) sponsored Roadside Environmental Management Award recognised the efforts of the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (HCCREMS). These councils won Division C of the Awards through initiatives to restore threatened species, improve water quality and constrain exotic grass dispersal. The projects effectively constrained the inter-council spread of the highly invasive weed, Coolatai grass. More details available from the Local Government website, or Steve Wilson, HCCREMS Regional Program Manager (02 4978 4026).

New Integrated Weed Management (IWM) resource
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has just launched a new Integrated Weed Management Hub that will provide grain growers and advisors internet access to a range of information and resources.

The Hub is designed to provide quick, efficient access to the latest weed management research and advice. This free resource provides a “one-stop shop” for detailed reference documents states Tom McCue, GRDC Manager Delivery Platforms.

More information is available via the press release, or by visiting the IWM Hub.

Latest spray drift research
University of Queensland research is helping identify spray dirft reduction techniques.


June 2014

NSW Biosecurity Framework
The proposed Framework outlines the legislative tools and powers required to manage pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants in NSW


March 2014

19th Australasian Weeds Conference draws near
The 19th Australasian Weeds Conference will be held in Hobart, 1-4 September 2014, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The theme for the conference is “Science, Community and Food Security: the Weed Challenge”.

Keynote speakers include:

Kareena Arthy, CEO of the APVMA

Dr Daniel Simberloff, the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the University of Tennessee's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professor Stephen Hopper, Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Western Australia

For more information, please visit the website:

Farm chemical regulation overhaul
The federal government is set to make simplify the bureaucracy surrounding agricultural and veterinary chemicals.  Amongst the touted changes are a reduction in the paperwork required for re-registration of imported products when the products have not changed. The proposed amendments stand to save industry $1.3 billion by removing costly red tape.

For the full story, visit The Land


November 2013

2012/13 Financial Report

2013 AGM & Annual Lunch - Thursday 21 November - Harrigan's Pokolbin
The Society AGM & Annual Lunch will be held on Tuesday 21 November 2013 at Harrigan's Irish Pub, Broke Road, Pokolbin with morning tea commencing 10.30am. Please click on attachment for the promo brochure. Please select Events menu to download the AGM agenda, invoice for lunch and lunch menu.

Australian Weeds Conference - Hobart 1-4 September 2014
Please visit the conference web site for more information.


June 2013

Photo competition submissions
As part of the 17th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference, the Society is hosting a Weeds Photography Competition. Full details and online submission are available through the 2013 Conference page on this website.

Registrations open for Society seminar

“Using Herbicides Effectively in the Future” -  A seminar to be held 17 July 2013 at the Hornsby RSL Club. 



May 2013

Earlybird registrations close this week
Please note that Earlybird registrations close this week for the 17th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference, to be held in Corowa 9-12 September, 2013.

Please visit the conference website ( to register now and take advantage of discounted registration fees.



April 2013

Survey: Who's tackling invasive species in Australia?
Every year across Australia tens of thousands of people give up their time to battle weeds, feral animals and other invasive threats to the environment, very often without payment.

The Invasive Species Council wants to build a picture of the work these people carry out, and the organisations they work for, through a national survey.

Who Cares about the Environment in 2012?
Find out what NSW residents think about the environment at a free public seminar run by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

You are invited to attend a free seminar or webinar on the findings of the soon to be released Who Cares about the Environment in 2012? social research.


March 2013

Stephenson Award nominations now open
The Weed Society of NSW is now calling for nominations for the NSW Buerckner & Stephenson Awards. The Stephenson Award recognises outstanding contribution to planning and managing weed management programs in NSW. The Awards will be presented at the 17th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference, which will be held in Corowa from 9 to 12th September 2013.

Buerckner Award nominations now open
The Weed Society of NSW is now calling for nominations for the NSW Buerckner & Stephenson Awards. The Buerckner Award recognises outstanding contribution to the on-ground control of weeds in NSW. The Awards will be presented at the 17th NSW Biennial Weeds Conference, which will be held in Corowa from 9 to 12th September 2013.


February 2013

Asian-Pacific Conference abstract deadline extended
Don't forget to submit your abstracts for proposed oral and poster presentations for the 24th Asian Pacific Weed Science Society (APWSS) Conference. Abstract submission has been extended until 22 June 2013. Please see below for important information about the conference themes. For information on how to submit your abstract please see


November 2012

2011/12 Financial Report
Annual financial report for the Weed Society of New South Wales Inc. Includes the Treasurer's Report to the AGM and the annual Audit Committee Report.


September 2012

Deadline for Global Herbicide Challenge Conference Approaching

October 1st is the deadline for both abstracts and earlybird registrations. Please go to the conference website to register and submit abstracts:


August 2012

Weed Research Forum
SURVEY INVITATION: The ESA and CAWS will be holding a Weed Research Forum at the 18th Australasian Weeds Conference in October...


June 2012

Corowa to host the 17th NSW Weeds Conference

The 17th NSW Weeds Conference will be held in Corowa, 9-12th September 2013.


December 2011

Annual financial report for the Weed Society of New South Wales Inc.
Annual financial report for the Weed Society of New South Wales Inc.


November 2011

18th Australasian Weeds Conference - Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for the 18AWC close at the end of this month. Please see the attached brochure if you are considering submitting an abstract, or visit the website:

Membership Special

Anyone who joins the society while attending the society events in Tamworth on 17 November 2011 will receive a BONUS one and a half months membership. This bonus includes two additional editions of the society newsletter, 'A Good Weed'. Please see the attached document for more information.


October 2011

Weed Society Seminar and AGM 2011

On Thursday 17th November, a series of seminars will be presented at the Tamworth Agricultural Institute. Following the seminars, the Society Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner will be held. Please see the attached brochure for more details.


August 2011

23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference
The 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference will be held in September 2011. Please visit the website ( to register.


June 2011

2011-2015 Strategic Plan

2011-2015 Strategic Plan for the Weed Society of New South Wales Inc.


November 2010

2010 CAWS Medalist - Jim Pratley

Professor Jim Pratley, Strategic Researcher Professor at Charles Sturt University, has recently been honoured with the award of the prestigious CAWS Medal for Leadership in recognition of his distinguished career in weed management.