Dangerous Weeds in our Garden


Our native vegetation is under threat from the exotic plant disease Myrtle Rust.  Myrtle Rust has been found in Melaleuca quinquenervia, in the wild, and in landscape plantings, and also Rhodamnia rubescens, Austromyrtus "Aurora", Syzygium australe in Soldiers Point.

The Port Stephens Bushland & Vegetation Officer would be grateful for notification of sightings and precise locations; 
he can be contacted by mobile phone on 0409 716 346, or Email at jordan.skinner@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

If you think you have found an outbreak:

  • Take a photo(s) of the suspect plant and identify the location accurately
  • DO NOT remove any plant material
  • be careful to wash all clothing and equipment which could have been contaminated
  • at present, notify Jordan ASAP of your observations, (0409 716 346) so he can decide on the next actions

Please check out the following website for more detailed information and photographs: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/info/myrtlerust.

Weed Identification some useful electronic sites:

(An App) NSW Weed Wise;  weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au (Brisbane City Council weed identification tool - excellent photos of stages of development of each species)