Funding Cuts to HRCC

MEDIA RELEASE NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING CUT HITS RIVER HEALTH, SAFETY, OLYMPIC ROWING TRAINING. The Chairman of the Hawkesbury River County Council (HRCC), Hawkesbury City Councillor Nathan Zamprogno, today expressed his concern about a State Government funding cut which will have consequences for aquatic weed control on the Hawkesbury- Nepean River. The HRCC was established in … Read more

Covid-19 Corona Virus Response

Hawkesbury River County Council Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Public Information Update HRCC is a local government organisation that functions as a local weed control authority. The majority of our work is conducted in open space environments such as parks and roadsides. As a result of Covid-19 we have however made a number of changes to our … Read more

The Sinking of the Weedosaurous

On Sunday 8 February 2020, after over 200mm of rain in 24 hours, our Aquatic Weed Harvester “The Weedosaurous” was sunk by rapidly rising floodwaters. It was berthed at Nepean Rowing Club in Penrith, having been in action just before Xmas removing aquatic weeds from the rowing course. It was berthed by two steel chains … Read more

Opuntioid cacti workshop

Earlier this month, 44 people representing 22 different government and non-government organisations from across the Greater Sydney region met at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in south-west Sydney to learn how to identify and manage Opuntioid cacti. Learn more about these species and the workshop content here: Opuntioid cacti article  

New Weed Incursion reports

New weed incursions occur when weed species not previously recorded in a region or a part of the region are detected. New weed incursions should be managed in accordance with the New Weed Incursion Plan. Weeds that present a significant risk to our region are reported to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the Greater Sydney Regional Weed Committee, the sub-regional weed committees and neighbouring regions. The following New Weed Incursion Reports contain information about the new weed incursions that have been reported since July 2017.

New Weed Incursion Report- Groundsel Bush (Baccharis halimifolia) at Somersby

New Weed Incursion Report- Christmas Candlesticks (Leonotis nepetifolia) at Woy Woy

New Weed Incursion report- Giant Devils Fig (Solanum chrysotrichum) at Wamberal and Oxford Falls

New Weed Incursion Report – Water Poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoides) at North Balgowlah

New Weed Incursion Report – Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata) at North Rocks


The Cost of Weeds In Australia

This recent Centre for Invasive Species report examines the economic costs of weeds to Australia. The startling conclusion is that it is an overall impost of $5 billion annually (that’s almost $14 million a day!). Of which, 90% of this cost is borne by agriculture, representing a tremendous burden on that sector. Ross McCloud’s report … Read more

Aquatic Weed Control Program – Summer 2018/19

Hawkesbury River County Council will be conducting aquatic weed control along the Hawkesbury/Nepean River from Wallacia – downstream to Wisemans ferry and including the tributaries of; Cattai Creek, South Creek, Rickabys Creek and Redbank Creek. Weed control will be via spot spraying of registered herbicides, approved for use in aquatic situations by registration or by … Read more

Sydney WAP Year 3 Summary and Highlights

$2.4 million was spent by the WAP1520 Greater Sydney subprogram partners in 2017-18 as they contributed toward key outcomes of the NSW Invasive Species Plan. A summary of the early detection, weed control, capacity building and extension activities that were delivered are summarised here with project highlights.   WAP Year 3 Summary and Highlights report

Sydney WAP Abridged Grant Round

The WAP1520 –Greater Sydney regional subprogram – Abridged Grant Round 2018-2020 is now OPEN. Approximately $400K in funding is available for Projects of up to two years duration that must be completed by 30 June 2020. The funding priorities for the Abridged Grant Round are Projects that:   prevent the establishment of new invasive species … Read more