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Who are we and what do we do?
The Northern Inland Weeds Advisory Committee (NIWAC) promotes a regional approach to management of noxious and other environmental weeds by bringing together all local and state government organisations and other bodies involved in land management throughout the North West and New England Regions of New South Wales, Australia.
The NIWAC Region covers 10 Local Control Authorities (councils and county councils), over the North West and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. Relevant state government agencies within the NIWAC region are also represented e.g. Department of Primary Industries, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR), Department of Conservation (formerly National Parks and Wildlife Service).
The NIWAC Constitution was adopted at the Special General Meeting held 21 May 2013. (PDF)
2014 Chairpersons Report (PDF)
The NIWAC Regional Weed Strategy 2013 - 2015 was adopted on 6 August 2013 (PDF Version)
The final meeting of NIWAC will be held on Monday 10th August 2015, at Lake Keepit. The organisation will be wound up in preparation for the new Northern Tablelands Regional Weed Committee and North West Regional Weed Committees respectively.
To reduce the economic, environmental and social impact of weeds in the North West & New England Regions of NSW.
What sort of Weeds does NIWAC deal with?
Of primary concern are 'declared' noxious weeds (i.e. those that are defined and must be controlled as per the Noxious Weeds Act 1993). However, NIWAC also considers other 'non-declared' weeds which are or have the potential to become a problem to the Region's environment.
How does the NIWAC Committee work?
By bringing related land managers together - key groups and individuals involved in weed management - to provide a forum to :-
- Discuss and debate regional weed management issues;
- Coordinate local and regional weed management plans, including publicity initiatives; and
- Encourage all members and other stakeholders to work together in a constructive and coordinated manner.
Through our members, the Committee also aims to INFLUENCE PRIVATE LAND MANAGERS, especially on issues of regional significance.
Videos (prepared by Josh Biddle, NEWA)