Wind stops spraying


Jane Bremmer is concerned about the spraying of glysophate around schools.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d450486
Jane Bremmer is concerned about the spraying of glysophate around schools. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d450486

Bassendean acting chief executive Michael Costarella said spraying was postponed because of weather conditions.

Spraying was scheduled to start on footpaths and road kerbs on February 22, after the World Health Organization’s international agency for research on cancer classified glyphosate a possible cause of cancer.

Activist and resident Jane Bremmer raised the issue at the council meeting on February 23.

Ms Bremmer said the spraying was “reckless and dangerous” and had more than 1000 signatures that had been collected on a petition against the action.

“The Town intended to commence herbicide spraying, however due to the prevailing windy weather conditions the spraying operations have been delayed,” Mr Costarella said.

“Once the weather conditions are suitable the spraying operations will commence.”

Mr Costarella said glyphosate products were registered to be used by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The APVMA and the Federal Department of Health are re-assessing the risk of glyphosate to humans and their investigation is due for completion in a six months.