African Olive (Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata)

African Olive


•    Much branched, rounded and wide tree up to 15m high
•    Leaves oblong to elliptic, upper surface glossy grey-green, dull underside, with hooked tip
•    Fruit are usually about 7mm across
•    Flowers creamy white, four petals about 3mm long, branched

African Olive Information Link


Flowering Times

•    October or November and fruit ripen over summer

Control Measure

•    Hand removal of small seedlings up to about 1 metre
•    Mechanical removal of large plants including roots
•    Herbicides


•    Highly invasive
•    Rapidly spread by birds eating fruit and dispersing seeds
•    Outcompetes and reduces native species
•    Fruit have no value for oil production





Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Position Vacant

Snr Biosecurity Officer

The Upper Hunter Weeds Authority (UHWA) has a permanent, full-time position available, based in the Muswellbrook district of the Upper Hunter.

 The position requires excellent communication skills with the main duties involving assisting the General Manager in day-to-day management of the County Council, the inspection of private and council lands for high priority invasive plants, the preparation of records of inspection and the identification and treatment of various invasive plants. The position also requires involvement in public awareness activities such as field days.

Prospective applicants must obtain an information package, application form and position description which contains selection criteria by emailing

Please contact Doug Campbell on 0408 683 490 for further enquiries about this position.

Only written applications that address the selection criteria will be considered. Applications close on Friday 21 June 2024.

Conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Notional Agreement Preserving the Local Government (State) Award. This position has a 9-day fortnight rostered day off scheme in place. 

The Upper Hunter Weeds Authority supports the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and provides a smoke free workplace.

 Doug Campbell

General Manager

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