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Media Release

The Hon Wilson Tuckey, MP

Minister for Forestry and Conservation


AFFA99/63TUJ 1 June 1999





Australia now has an official listing of the country’s 20 “most unwanted” weeds.


The Commonwealth Ministers for Forestr y and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mark Vaile, and the Environment, Senator Robert Hill jointly released the list had been agreed with the States and Territories after extensive consultation.


“Weeds cause significant losses to Australia in both economic and environmental terms,” Mr Tuckey said.


‘They reduce farm and forest productivity, displace native species and contribute significantly to land degradation.


“One estimate of the cost of weeds to agricultural industries alone has placed it at over $3.3 billion annually, while the cost of weeds to the natural environment can not be easily calculated.”


Mr Tuckey said the listing of Australia’s weeds of national significance is a world first, and an important element of the National Weeds Strategy.


“Weeds have been selected according to their invasiveness, economic, environmental and social impacts. current distribution, potential for spread and effect in reducing the growth of desirable plants,” Mr Tuckey said.


Mr Tuckey said the list of 20 Weeds of National Significance had been developed on behalf of three Ministerial Councils, the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ). the Australia New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) and the Ministerial Council on Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture (MCFFA).


‘The list will be important to research organisations, commercial partners, industry and community groups in determining their priorities.


“While endorsement of the list is not accompanied by any specific form of guaranteed funding, it will assist the Commonwealth, States and Territories in determining funding priorities,” Mr Tuckey said.



Further information:

Contact: Graeme Hallett 0419 688 440


Attached: List of 20 Weeds of National Significance




Further information on the list of Weeds of National Significance is available from:


John R Thorp

Project Manager, National Wees Strategy

16 Flowers Court

Launceston Tasmania 7250

Phone: (03) 6344 9657

Mobile: 041 932 3400

Fax:     (03) 6343 1877




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