City pes­ti­cide use out for com­ment

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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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