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a member is keen on my Amazon Frogbit I'm giving away but it will require postage.
does anyone know if there will be a problem posting live plants which are considered a weed within West Australia?

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I doubt it would get checked if it stays within WA


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one definition of a weed is a plant out of place. just because something is a weed does not make it illegal to move including posting.

Why do you think that Amazon Frogbit (limnobium laevigatum) is a weed that may not be legally moved in WA?

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werdna wrote:
I doubt it would get checked if it stays within WA

While that is very true it is only part of the issue, if something was indeed an illegal plant.
Under the new Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act it is an offense to import into WA
- a prohibited organism except in accordance with an import permit and the regulations.
- a unlisted organism (an organism that is not listed as permitted or prohibited ie everything else) except in accordance with an import permit and the regulations.
- potential carrier listed in the regulations except in accordance with the regulations)
if you breach this you could face a maximum penalty of $50 000 or for some organisms or potential carriers $100 000 or 12 months in jail.

Now if you import one of these organisms into WA illegally and this may be by simply getting something that is not listed as permitted or prohibited (and there are a huge number of these) in from the east via the mail and perhaps it was not checked (if it was not checked you are obligated to present all imports of organisms and potential carriers to an inspection point on arrival). You have now imported something illegally. For you to possess or supply (and that includes to give) this organism to someone you also commit an offence punishable by a fine of up to $50 000 or for some organisms or potential carriers $100 000 or 12 months in jail. This also includes the progeny of the organism and so on.
So if you get some vege seed in from over east via mail and the seed is not listed as permitted or prohibited (ie it is unlisted) and it was not checked and you did not take it to have it checked (and pay your $56 inspection fee) you commit an offence. If you grow it (ie possess) you commit and offence. If you give some of the resulting seed to your mates (supply), you commit an offence.
So to comment on Werdna's comment, if the organism has been imported illegally (and possibly not by you) you don't have to be caught in the act of posting it to commit an offence. Maybe your neighbor may tell someone (oh yes I forgot it is an offence as well not to tell the authorities if you see certain organisms) and that information gets back to the authorities, they may pay you a visit and ...

have a read of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act and the regulations if you want to find out more. A copy can be found at http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_2736_homepage.html

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Marc d W wrote:
Why do you think that Amazon Frogbit (limnobium laevigatum) is a weed that may not be legally moved in WA?


http://canning.inmycommunity.com.au/new ... d/7640092/

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http://www.sercul.org.au/docs/Amazon%20Frogbit%20LR.pdf

http://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/Resident ... b%2013.pdf



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still it is not illegal to keep, grow, spread or sell. stupid to dump any plant in the environment but keeping it at this stage is not against the law as far as I can see. However the Government may declare it and when it does then there may be some legal issues with the plant.

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it might not be illegal YET, but it is cheaper, easier and safer for you and the environment to deal with this now. Each year you put off managing a weed adds a third to the cost. over $4 billion is spent or lost in Australia each year due to weeds.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS WEED ANY FURTHER


*** I work for a Natural Resource Management organisation advising on weed control. I really know what I am talking about here.

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PostPosted: Jul 3rd, '13, 18:24 
Yep... the only difference between a "potential" noxious weed.... and a "declared" noxious weed.. and a problem...

Is how much it spreads...


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