TOWN of Bassendean councillors have voted to end the use of herbicide glyphosate on hard surfaces to protect the health of the community and provide a safer urban environment.
At the Town of Bassendean’s council meeting on Tuesday, the motion was passed 4-1.
The motion included councillors and staff acknowledge recent decisions made by the European Union Parliament to place stringent restrictions on the use of glyphosate, preventing its sale for domestic use and prohibiting its use in public spaces and children’s playgrounds.
The Town would also take the advice from Australian University Professors in their open letter to the European Commission and the Environmental Health and Justice Statement of Concern published online on February 2016.
Resident and Alliance for a Clean Environment spokeswoman Jane Bremmer said ending the use of glyphosate benefitted the Bassendean community.
“Spraying poisons all over our parks, playgrounds and urban environment unnecessarily risks the health of our children while not providing any real ecological benefit of our town,” Ms Bremmer said.
“Glyphosate has recently been classified as a Class 2A probable carcinogen by the World Health Organisation’s lead cancer research authority, the International Agency for Research on Cancer.”
Ms Bremmer said people’s health could be “adversely affected” by spray and vapour drift when councils sprayed footpaths, roads, verges and paved areas with pesticides.
She said other councils should follow Town of Bassendean.
“This decision will have real outcomes for reducing the incidence of childhood cancers in our society and should be adopted by all local governments in WA,” she said.