The IDWA came into existence in 1992 when member councils decided to form a special purpose council to administer and control their priority weeds. Each of the three constituent councils has one (councilor) delegate who represents their council's interests and oversees the affairs of the Authority. A technical officer from each of the three council's technical staff provides an advisory and support function to the IDWA.
Funds are provided for the working of the Authority by the State Government and the constituent councils.
The IDWA is responsible for controlling priority weeds on all council owned lands including certain roadsides and Vacant Crown land through special grants. It is also responsible for the inspection of private and public property for priority weeds and the giving of directions and advice to landholders or occupiers so that adequate control is maintained.
The IDWA is the Local Control Authority (weeds only) under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (NSW) for the Councils of Wollongong City, Shellharbour City and Kiama Municipal Council. As such, under section 371 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 it has the following functions over the land in which it operates:
(a) the prevention, elimination, minimisation and management of the biosecurity risk posed or likely to be posed by weeds,
(b) to develop, implement, co-ordinate and review weed control programs,
(c) to inspect land in connection with its weed control functions,
(d) to keep records about the exercise of the local control authority’s functions under this Act,
(e) to report to the Secretary about the exercise of the local control authority’s functions under this Act.
This policy reflects the role “to develop, implement, co-ordinate and review weed control programs”. As such it will be used to develop a program of strategic prioritisation in relation to weeds biosecurity risk within the IDWA area of jurisdiction.
The Management Committee of the IDWA comprises the following delegates.
Secretariat – Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation: (02) 42 323200
Representative: Jim Fraser, Manager Regional Programs & Operations