Blue Mountains City Council


Urban Weeds Current Activities

For the months of July 2017, Council's Bushland Operations Team will be treating the following weeds throughout the mountains:

“High/Low Volume Spraying” 
Chemical: Glyphosate 360g/L

  • Crofton Weed
  • Coolatai Grass
  • Pampas Grass

Chemical: Glyphosate 520g/L

  • Morning Glory 

Chemical: Metsulfuron methyl

  • Lantana

Chemical: Flupropanate

  • African Lovegrass

“Cut and Paint” 
Chemical: Glyphosate 360g/L

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


Targeted Opportunistically

  • Portuguese Heath Metsulfuron methyl
  • Himalayan Honeysuckle Metsulfuron methyl


Glenbrook Lagoon

  • Water Lilies Glyphosate Biactive 360g/L


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 or as resources allow.

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.