City pesticide use out for comment
THE City of Wanneroo has developed a draft pesticide management policy to guide how it deals with weeds and pests in public areas.
The council endorsed the draft policy at its November meeting and it is out for public comment until Friday, December 14.
A report to the council said there was growing awareness in the community about use of pesticides to control pests and weeds in areas the City managed, such as road reserves and parks.
“Weed control forms the largest part of the City’s pest control program and the use of herbicides is the most common control method used,” it said.
The report said the policy aimed to ensure the City met environmental, legal and community obligations for pesticide use in an “environmentally, socially and economically responsible” manner.
“The City will include the use of chemical and non-chemical methods as part of all pest and weed control programs,” the policy said.
It said the City would notify the community when it planned to use pesticides in a suburb.
“People who live or work in or visit an area have the right to know when public places are treated with pesticides. Residents will be given the opportunity to register on the City’s ‘no spray list’,” it said.
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