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Noxious Weeds Act 1916 (NI)

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Act No. 4 of 1916
Act Applied Law as amended, incorporating amendments up to Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015 (No. 2, 2015)
This is an Act of the previous Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly that was continued in force under s16 and 16A of the Norfolk Island Act 1979.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Registered 02 Nov 2018
Start Date 29 Sep 2018

 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

Noxious Weeds Act 1916

No. 4 of 1916

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              29 September 2018

Includes amendments up to:            Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)

 

 


 

 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

NOXIOUS WEEDS ACT 1916

 

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

 

         1.      Short title

         2.      Definitions

         3.      Noxious weeds

         4.      Plants may be declared noxious weeds

         5.      Notice to owners of infested land

         6.      Forfeiture of right of pasturage

         7.      Obstruction of officers or aiding and abetting offences

         8.      Regulations

                        Schedule 1

                        Schedule 2


 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

 

 

Noxious Weeds Act 1916

 

An Act relating to noxious weeds.

Short title

      1.         This Act may be cited as the Noxious Weeds Act 1916.

Definitions

      2.         In this Act —

“owner” includes occupier, lessee or other person entitled to any land whether on his own account or as agent, trustee or attorney.

Noxious weeds

      3.         For the purposes of this Act, the plants specified in Schedule 1 shall be deemed to be noxious weeds.

Plants may be declared noxious weeds

      4.         The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, declare any plant not specified in Schedule 1 to be a noxious weed for the purposes of this Act.

Notice to owners of infested land

      5.         (1)        The Chief Executive Officer may cause to be served upon the owner of any land which is infested with noxious weeds a notice in the form in Schedule 2 requiring him to eradicate noxious weeds from the land.

                  (2)        If the owner of any land is unknown or absent from, or has no known agent resident in, Norfolk Island, a notice in the form in Schedule 2 may be affixed in a conspicuous place on the land, and a copy of the notice shall be published in the Gazette, and a notice so affixed and published shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be sufficient notice to the owner of the land:

                  Provided that it shall not be necessary for any such notice to specify the name of any person as the owner of the land referred to therein.

                  (3)        If the owner of any land fails, within one month after service upon him of a notice in accordance with subsection 5(1) or 5(2), to eradicate noxious weeds from his land or to take such steps for the suppression of the weeds as the Chief Executive Officer deems sufficient, the Chief Executive Officer may cause the land to be cleared of noxious weeds, and require the owner of the land to pay the expense incurred by the Chief Executive Officer in clearing the land, and, if necessary, may recover the amount summarily.

                  (4)        If the owner of any land which has been cleared of noxious weeds allows the land to become again infested with the weeds, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act, and shall, on summary conviction, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 10 penalty units in addition to the cost of again clearing the land.


                  (5)        If the owner of any land is unknown or absent from, or has no known agent resident in, Norfolk Island, and an order is made against him by virtue of subsections 5(3) and 5(4), the Chief Executive Officer may send notice of the order to the last known address of the owner, or, where the owner is not known, may notify the making of the order in the Gazette, and if, at the end of 6 months from the date of the making of the order, the expenses and penalty (if any) and all costs attending them have not been paid, the Chief Executive Officer may sell by public auction the land or so much thereof as is required for the payment of the expenses, penalty (if any) and costs, and may execute a conveyance thereof to the purchaser, and every such conveyance shall operate to vest absolutely in the purchaser the land described therein.  Out of the proceeds of the sale the Chief Executive Officer shall reimburse himself for the expenses in connection with the sale and conveyance of the land and shall deduct the amount of the expenses of carrying out the requirements of the notice, of the penalty (if any), and of the costs of obtaining the order, and shall hold the balance (if any) in trust for the owner.

Forfeiture of right of pasturage

      6.         Notwithstanding anything contained in the Pasturage and Enclosure Act 1949, any right of pasturage granted to an owner of land under that law, who allows any portion of his land to become infested with noxious weeds to the detriment of adjoining land, shall be suspended unless and until —

(a)        he clears the land in pursuance of section 5; or

(b)        the land is cleared by the Chief Executive Officer in pursuance of section 5, and he pays the expense incurred by the Chief Executive Officer in so clearing the land.

Obstruction of officers or aiding and abetting offences

      7.         Any person who wilfully obstructs, resists, or hinders any person authorised by the Chief Executive Officer to clear any land of noxious weeds or who aids, abets, counsels or procures the commission of any offence against this Act or the Regulations made thereunder, shall be liable, upon summary conviction, to a penalty not exceeding 10 penalty units.

Regulations

      8.         The Administrator may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.


                                                  SCHEDULE 1                          Sections 3 and 4

 

Poison plant (solanum sodomaeum).

Salvia (salvia pseudoccinea).

Cape tulip (homeria collina).

Lantana (Lantana Camara).

Prickly pear (Opuntia brasiliensis).

Fine-leaved Verbena (Verbena officinalis L. Verbenaceae).

 

NB: The following (see Gazette No. 34, 21 July 2006) is a list of weeds declared under section 4 as noxious weeds in Norfolk Island.  This list includes the weeds in Schedule 1 but updates some common and scientific names.

 

African Boxthorn

Lycium ferocissimum

Bathurst Burr

Xanthium spinosum

Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus

Cape Tulip (Cascade Onion)

Homeria flaccida

Cape Broom

Genista monspessulana

Capeweed

Arctotheca calendula

Creeping Crofton Weed (William Taylor)

Eupatorium riparium

Canada Thistle, Spear Thistle

Cirsium vulgare

Fine-leaved Verbena

Verbena officinalis

Formosan Lily

Lilium formosanum

Hawaiian Holly (Broadleaf Pepper Tree)

Schinus terebinthifolius

Lantana

Lantana camara

Lambs Tail/Madeira Vine

Anredera cordifolia

Mexican Poppy

Argemone mexicana

Opium Poppy

Papaver somniferum

Apple of Sodom

Solanum sodomaeum

Prickly pear

Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis

Salvia

Salvia coccinea

Spiny Emex, Doublegee

Emex australis

Wait-a-While, Horse Piss

Caesalpini`a decapetala

Water Hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes

 

 


SCHEDULE 2

Section 5

To                                                owner of              acres        roods          perches of land, being part of portion No             situate at                                  .

You are hereby required to (state action required) the (set out weeds to be dealt with) growing upon your land specified above, within (state time).

Chief Executive Officer

 

NOTE - If, at the end of a month from the date of this notice the terms of this notice have not been complied with, the Chief Executive Officer may cause the land to be cleared, and require the owner of the land to pay the expense incurred by the Chief Executive Officer in clearing the land, and if necessary, may recover the amount summarily.

If the land again becomes infested with weeds the owner shall be liable to a penalty in addition to the cost of again clearing the land.


 

NOTES

The Noxious Weeds Act 1916 as shown in this consolidation comprises Act No. 4 of 1916 and amendments as indicated in the Tables below.

Enactment

Number and year

Date of commencement

Application saving or transitional provision

Noxious Weeds Act 1916

4, 1916

27.12.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noxious Weeds Act 1936

9, 1936

31.3.36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amendments Incorporation Act 1963

2, 1963

28.3.63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision Act 1964

6, 1964

30.6.64

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

[previously consolidated as at 1 January 1965]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Citation Act 1976

11, 1976

25.11.76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision Act 1979

13, 1979

7.8.79

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances (Executive Members) Act 1980

8, 1980

6.11.81

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision (Decimal Currency) Act 1980

31, 1980

15.1.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statute Law Revision (Penalties and Fees) Act 1984

9, 1985

13.5.85

4

 

[previously consolidated as at 20 May 1985]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2012

[to substitute throughout —Commonwealth Minister for Minister; and to substitute Minister for executive member]

14, 2012

28.12.12

 

 

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Ordinance

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)
(now cited as Norfolk Island Continued Laws  Ordinance 2015 (see F2015L01491))

17 June 2015 (F2015L00835)

18 June 2015 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 344, 345, 382–390)

as amended by

 

 

 

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (Statutory Appointments and Other Matters) Ordinance 2018

28 Sept 2018 (F2018L01378)

Sch 1 (item 42): 29 Sept 2018 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Table of Amendments

 

ad =    added or inserted

am = amended

rep = repealed

rs =      repealed and substituted

Provisions affected

How affected

1

am

2, 1963;  11, 1976

2

am

9, 1936

4

am

6, 1964;  8, 1980

5

am

9, 1936;  6, 1964;  8, 1980;  31, 1980;  9, 1985; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378)

6

am

9, 1936;  6, 1964;  11, 1976;  8, 1980; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378)

7

am

9, 1936;  8, 1980;  31, 1980;  9, 1985; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378)

8

am

13, 1979

Schedule 2

am

9, 1936;  8, 1980; 31, 1980; 9, 1985; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378)