Environmental issues

Pests and weeds


National broom program

Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), Montpellier broom (Genista monspessulana) and flax-leaf broom (Genista linifolia) were collectively listed as Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) in 2012. For more information, visit the Brooms WoNS webpage.

These three  broom species are widespread across southern Australia, where they invade native vegetation, plantation and pastoral systems, forming dense infestations that cause significant environmental and economic impacts. The invasion and establishment of Scotch broom is listed as a key threatening process in NSW. Priorities to manage all widespread weeds, such as these species, within their core infestations in NSW, have been developed.

An eight page Broom Weed Management Guide, as well as more information including maps and identification resources are available on the Brooms WoNS webpage.

Additional information on brooms is available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries. CSIRO has more information on biological control of Scotch broom and Montpellier broom.

Broom Management Manual

This manual provides information on biology, ecology and effective control of the brooms listed as Weeds of National Significance and highlights other new and emerging broom weed threats. It also includes advice on planning, holistic management, restoration and monitoring, as well as case studies that provide real examples of the successes and challenges of broom weed control.

Download complete manual: Broom Management Manual (140406broomsman.pdf, 15MB)

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Page last updated: 20 October 2014