Blue Mountains City Council


Urban Weeds Current Activities

Council's Urban Weeds Team  is currently treating the following weeds throughout the mountains:

“High/Low Volume Spraying”

Chemical & Target Species

Metsulfuron methyl or Triclopyr

  • Blackberry - do not eat blackberries in public areas, as they may have been treated with herbicide.
  • Lantana 
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Privet sp. (small)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle
  • Alligator Weed

Glyphosate 360g/L

  • Crofton Weed
  • Crofton Grass 
  • Pampas Grass
  • Morning Glory
  • Cats Claw Creeper
  • Portuguese Heath (targeted opportunistically)
  • Himalayan Honeysuckle (targeted opportunistically)


  • African Lovegrass
  • Coolati grass 


“Cut and Paint”

Chemical & Target Species

Glyphosate 360g/L

  • Boneseed
  • Privet 
  • Lantana 
  • Bamboo 
  • Pampas Grass 
  • Cape Broom 
  • Scotch Broom 
  • Cotoneaster 
  • Berberis
  • African Olive 


In addition to the above, other small scale works will occur. Should you have enquiries regarding this work, please contact Council on 4780 5343.

Areas of Focus

Council's Bushland Operations Team has over 40 areas covering all townships which are the main focus of these works.

Target areas are determined by factors such as:

• The presence of Endangered Ecological Communities
• Negative impacts that weed control may have on an area
• Bushcare or Landcare group working in the area
• Other teams within Council carrying out environmental focused programs
• Drainage systems

Once an area has been selected as a target area, the area is divided into zones. Eventually every property in each zone is inspected and all public lands are mapped for noxious weeds. This information is then added to our Public Lands Program. Weeds will then be treated during the growing season prior to seeding.

Are you Sensitive to Chemicals?
Some people are sensitive to certain chemicals.

Council is continually updating its Chemical Sensitive Register. This is a list of residents who wish to be notified prior to Council spraying in the proximity of their property. Adequate notice and timeframes will be given to allow time for people to vacate the area whilst spraying is in progress.

If you wish to be included on Council's Chemical Sensitive Register please notify Council on:

By email


In writing: Mr Dave Whiteman, Bushland Operations Team Leader, Blue Mountains City Council, Locked Bag 1005, KATOOMBA NSW 2780


Council adheres to best practice guidelines in its use of chemicals, which includes the use of herbicides with the least toxic constituents that are effective and economical. Council also endeavours to use the least amount of herbicides necessary to be effective. All Council's weed control staff are trained in Conservation and Land Management and safe use and storage of Chemicals.


Page Updated: Monday 19 February 2018