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Fact Sheet- Buyers beware

Serrated tussock-Nassella trichotoma- is a weed of national significance.
Regional Recommended Measure
Land managers should mitigate the risk of the plant being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. 

Advice on weeds for intending property purchasers
 
The purchase of land, be it a suburban building block or multi-hectare property, is a major decision and can be emotive.
Weeds of national significance are often forgotten among the myriad considerations involved.
Before signing a contract, prospective purchasers should take the following considerations into account:
Are there Weeds of national significance on the land?
Are Weeds of national significance infestations being managed?
What are the costs of weed control?
If the land is to be used for farming, will weed infestations lead to production losses?
Privacy laws prevent Council from disclosing weed infestation information to prospective buyers without the owner’s consent.

What should I do before purchase?
  1. Before buying land, you should arrange for someone who knows about weeds to inspect the property with you. If weeds are found on the property, a weed control operator can provide an estimate of how much control work will cost. Council does not provide information on such costs but can provide contact details of suitable experiences weed control contractors.
 
  1. Your solicitor should request a Section 64 Certificate from Hilltops Council. A Section 64 Certificate will provide information on current notices over the property or money payable to Hilltops Council in relation to weeds of national significance. These debts and outstanding notices remain with the property on sale and become the responsibility of the buyer.
    The small cost of an independent inspection and the certificates may save you thousands of dollars in weed control.
    If you need more information, contact Hilltops Council on (02) 6380 1200