City of Bayswater to consider ending glyphosate use

The City of Bayswater will consider ending or reducing the use of glyphosates, such as RoundUp, to treat weeds.
The City of Bayswater will consider ending or reducing the use of glyphosates, such as RoundUp, to treat weeds.

BAYSWATER Council will consider ending or reducing the use of glyphosate later this year.

Councillors supported Cr Lorna Clarke’s motion at last month’s meeting for chief executive Andrew Brien to prepare a report on risk management systems the City and its contractors have when using Roundup or glyphosate products.

Mr Brien will also develop options to eliminate or significantly reduce use.

The council will consider the report before by November.

Cr Clarke said she was concerned about glyphosate putting residents and staff’s health at risk.

The City currently uses weed control techniques including brush cutting, glyhphosate and other chemicals, and steam treatment.

Glyhopsate is used in natural areas in the City, parks and gardens, kerbs, footpaths and medians.

According to an officer’s report, the City was aware of the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifying the chemical as probably carcinogenic to humans in 2015.

However, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority advised all products registered for use in Australia provided adequate protection for users in label instructions.

Meanwhile, the Town of Bassendean has had a glyphosate ban in place since 2016.