Chem­i­cals to stay

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

A call for a non- chem­i­cal al­ter­na­tive to her­bi­cide used to main­tain and keep weeds un­der con­trol on pub­lic open space in Rock­ing­ham has been re­jected by the City of Rock­ing­ham coun­cil.

A mo­tion put for­ward at the an­nual elec­tors’ meet­ing on De­cem­ber 19 called on the City to con­duct re­search into chem­i­cals sprayed on City land, and to seek an al­ter­na­tive to keep weeds un­der con­trol.

How­ever, at last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted in sup­port of the City’s in­te­grated ap­proach to weed con­trol be­cause of the in­ef­fec­tive­ness and high cost of a non­chem­i­cal ap­proach.

The of­fi­cer’s re­port said mov­ing to full non­chem­i­cal con­trol mea­sures was not vi­able be­cause it was more time- con­sum­ing and more costly.

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