The Illawarra District Noxious Weeds Authority (IDNWA) have executed a Search Warrant and seized at least 500 plants of the notifiable weed Salvinia in Wollongong’s northern suburbs.
About 3.30pm on Thursday 04 April 2013, officers from the IDNWA executed the Warrant on a property in Woonona following an Interstate Agency tip off that plants prohibited under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 were being sold from the premises.
Growing in four large ponds in the yard of the premises the aquatic weed Salvinia was found. Salvinia is a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) and a declared Class 2 notifiable noxious weed in NSW. Under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 the plant must not be grown, sold, propagated or distributed. It is an Offence under the Act to sell, purchase or distribute any notifiable weed.
Officers spoke to a 40 year old man at the address who assisted with inquiries. Fines were issued over the selling of the plants.
Residents are encouraged to contact the IDNWA should they be aware of any Salvinia plants being grown. Plant locations should be reported to the IDNWA for proper identification and disposal.