As with other parts of the Murray-Darling Basin, weeds are a continuing problem. Approximately 15 per cent of the plants recorded in NSW have been introduced by Europeans. Weeds are one of the most widespread forms of deterioration of native vegetation.
A study along the Darling from Menindee to Wentworth showed that 75 per cent of sites in River red gum and Blackbox communities had moderate to high levels of weeds. However, vegetation communities away from water have fewer weeds.
The long-term sustainability of this region depends on the maintenance of healthy native vegetation. While reserves have been established in important areas to protect valuable native vegetation, vegetation management across the Darling catchment may best be done through regional planning, property agreements and other partnership arrangements between landowners, catchment management authorities and other government agencies.