Sixteen weed-control officers travelled to South-East Queensland last week to learn more about the newest threats to the NSW North Coast.

The trip was organised by the North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee (NCWAC) and focussed on highly invasive species which have been found around Brisbane or the Gold Coast but have not established south of the border.

Weed-control officers see the enemy in real life.

The group also learned about the strategies and techniques which have been the most successful in controlling these weeds.

Philip Courtney, from NCWAC, said the opportunity to see these weeds in real life was invaluable, giving weed-control officers a greater ability to detect and control any incursions as quickly as possible.

“Prevention is always better than cure and a key priority in weed management is keeping out species that we know can become serious problems,” Mr Courtney said.

“This means knowing what they look like and the sorts of locations where they may appear. Our staff are constantly on the look-out for these weeds so we can control them before they become widespread.

“Anyone in the community can also help to protect the North Coast region by being aware of high-priority species and reporting any suspected outbreaks to their local control authority.”

Information about high-priority weed species can be found on the Look Learn Act website, www.looklearnact.com .