WEEDS could soon be weeded out across Wagga.
Wagga City Council made a commitment to crack down on noxious weeds at Monday night's council meeting after Councillor Paul Funnell put forward a report that carried 11 recommendations to address the problem.
He issued it following local landholders' concerns about the impact weeds had on livestock and land given the importance of agriculture and farming to the region.
"It's about taking responsibility for what is our responsibility and doing it proactively," he said.
"It will affect everyone in this room eventually.
"We're heading for a disaster at catastrophic levels."
Councillors resolved to review the program for on-farm weed inspection across the LGA and provide a greater focus to road reserve weed control.
The decision, which saw five weeds added to council's list to be sprayed, will also see representation to Local Land Services to temporarily close the travelling stock routes from Ganmurra Lane to Euberta and from Old Narrandera Road to Sturt Highway, excluding localised stock transfers.
While the problem is concentrated around Currawarna, it is spreading because of ineffective controls, activity on the road reserves by stock and travelling vehicles, and the movement of cars in the road reserves, including council vehicles and machinery.
Cr Funnell explained the most problematic weed, being spiny burr grass, had widely spread beyond the vicinity of the Currawarna State Forest.
The crackdown will see representation be made to the appropriate body to erect proper fencing around the forest and have it locked up until the threat is gone.
Council vehicles in weed affected areas will also be minimised to reduce the scope of weeds spreading.
Councillor Garry Hiscock backed Cr Funnell's report, stressing the problem wasn't limited to landholders because "khaki weeds are on ever footpath across the city".
"It's rampant," he said.
"These weeds are choking us and they're going to get worse.
"It's a national problem but I'd like to see the city of Wagga lead the way on this one."
All 10 councillors present voted to carry the recommendation.
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