Vegetation Management

Wagga Wagga City Council is committed to the restoration and rehabilitation of natural areas within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

Council aims to remove unwanted weeds and replace these with native plant species. An important aspect of vegetation management is the education of land managers in the identification and eradication of unwanted plant species as much of our local government area is covered by agricultural lands.

Healthy natural areas results in improved biodiversity and ecological processes creating a better environment for us and our native animals.

To learn more about our native fauna here.

Vegetation Management Tips

Hints and Tips for Land Managers:

  • Go true blue - Choose native species when considering farm tree plantings.
  • Don't dump a clump - Compost or use your green waste bin for garden waste, never dump it in the bush.
  • There is more than one way to skin a cat - use a variety of techniques when controlling weeds (Integrated Pest Management) including chemical, biological controls and mechanical removal.
  • Read it, don't mistreat it - Always refer to labels when using chemicals for weed control and dispose of any excess thoughtfully.
  • If in doubt, ask about – Do you have a plant you are unsure of?  Council's Vegetation Management team can identify it for you on property or by sample.

Hints and Tips for Small Acreages:

  • Small acres don't need to be head ache-ers – Make weed control part of your weekly routine, do them as you see them so they don't take over your weekend.
  • Recycle - Compost your greenwaste on site and reuse on your garden.
  • Keep it local - Plant endemic plant species and work with your neighbours to develop habitat corridors.

Hints and Tips for Urban Gardens:

  • Don't dump a clump - Dispose of your garden waste through your greenwaste bin.  Never dump your garden waste in natural areas as this can cause the spread of weeds.
  • Go true blue - Opt for local native plant species in your garden.  They are suited to our climate and may provide a food source for native mammals.
  • Do a switcheroo - Use the Grow Me Instead website to find suitable alternatives for the exotic plants in your garden.
  • Don't be fishy - Never dispose of aquarium water in a creek, pond or river as invasive aquatic plants may harm aquatic ecosystems.
  • Build a barrier - When creating new garden beds lay down newspaper or use mulch as a barrier for weeds.
  • Be a hero - Join your local Landcare group to keep your natural areas healthy!

New home owners in rural residential areas

Under the Development Control Plan, Section 5.3 - Native Vegetation Cover, there are a number of native vegetation requirements for land in RU2, RU4 and R5 zones. The below document details these requirements and a plant species list for new home owners in rural residential areas.

To download this document, click the download arrow in the top left corner.