Glyphosate use to continue in City

Stock image.
Stock image.

GLYPHOSATE use will continue in the City of Bayswater while a thermal weed control trial is investigated.

The majority of councillors voted to continue with its weed management program, investigate new alternative options, develop a pesticide use procedure manual and investigate the options for a thermal control trial at the November 19 council meeting.

The City uses glyphosate at the minimal required concentration at parks, garden beds, natural areas, kerblines, hardstands, sports fields and golf courses.

On average, the City uses about 620 litres a year.

Currently, residents can opt out of glyphosate use on their verges.

Officers considered various international decisions including the International Agency for Research on Cancer for the World Health Organisation, which classified the chemical as probably carcinogenic to humans.

They also considered the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority’s decision to continue the use according to safety instructions despite a jury declaring weedkiller Roundup was liable for a man’s cancer in the California Superior Court in 2018.

Cr Lorna Clarke said she did not want to ban glyphosate but supported a thermal weed control trial.

“It may be too expensive or appropriate in some areas,” she said.

Cr Michelle Sutherland, who voted against a trial, said she did not want to follow the Town of Bassendean in banning glyphosate and choosing more expensive and less effective options.

“I don’t want to cost ratepayers too much,” she said.

More news from around Perth