Ten people across the Upper Macquarie County Council area have been fined $1000 each for failing to address invasive weed problems in their properties.
The council is made up of the local government areas of Blayney, Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon councils with two councillors from each sitting on the Upper Macquarie board.
While there are no figures on where the landowners have been fined, at least one person in each local government area has been fined.
Blayney and Upper Macquarie councillor Bruce Reynolds said he believed the body was the first in the state to fine landowners for ignoring repeated warnings about weeds on their properties.
The council sent out notices in June 2019 to about 550 properties across the Upper Macquarie region saying they had an issue with weeds.
Just under half of those have removed the weeds from their properties, while 292 are still undertaking weed control with the help of the council.
However, Cr Reynolds said 56 of them had been warned again with biosecurity notices, and of those 10 had been fined for not making any progress on dealing with weeds.
"These landowners haven't shown they've done anything since the notices were issued," Cr Reynolds said.
He said the notices weren't only issued to commercial operations or farms across the region, and said the landowners who were fined had made no progress.
"We haven't seen they've done anything to combat the weeds ... my understanding is we're the first authority in the state to issue fines and we don't do it lightly," Cr Reynolds said.
"We're trying to get compliance instead of penalising people but if this is the only way to get the message across we'll do it."
"We don't want to fine people, we want to help people remove weeds from their properties."
He said the council was also encouraging landowners to get in contact if they identified new weeds from stock imported from other regions.
There have been reports of invasive weeds from other states entering the region, and while none have been spotted in the Central West just yet, Cr Reynolds said the council was remaining vigilant.
The council has also been undertaking extensive weed-spraying along roadsides.
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