Stopping the spread of weeds

Redland City Council is managing the spread of weeds with the removal of a known problem weed, Cabomba caroliniana, from Tarradarrapin Creek, Birkdale.

Deputy Mayor Alan Beard said managing weeds is an important environmental issue and Council is tackling the challenge through its pest management plan.

“Cabomba caroliniana, an aquatic weed, is recognised as one of the worst weeds in Australia due to its invasiveness, potential spread and economic and environmental impacts,” Cr Beard said.

“Many people don’t think about aquatic weeds and their presence in waterways but they can smother native species, choke waterways and kill wildlife.

“Removing this weed helps to improve the health of Tarradarrapin Creek, increases aquatic flora and fauna biodiversity and in the long-term reduces waterway maintenance costs.

“Council encourages residents to learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them in your own backyard.

“I encourage residents to sign up to Council’s Facebook page and follow the ‘Weed a Week’ post over summer. It will provide information on how to spot a Redland’s weed and tips on how to manage it.

“We need the help of residents to stop the spread of weeds as they don’t discriminate between property boundaries. Keeping an eye out for weeds and removing them is important in stopping them from increasing their territory in the Redlands.”

Weeds can have a number of negative impacts including: damage to our natural, agricultural, water and coastal systems; impact on agriculture and the poisoning of animals; changing our biodiversity by out-competing native plants and degrading wildlife habitat; impact on recreational activities and our gardens; and increase of fire hazard in bushland areas.

For further information about Weeds in the Redlands pick up an information booklet, Environmental weeds of the Redlands, from IndigiScapes or contact Council on 3824 8611 or visit

A copy of Council’s pest management plan can be viewed on Council’s website:


Cabomba caroliniana – photo courtesy of Abyss Diving.