Opinion: City of Melville dismissive about chemical weeding

The City of Melville has been very dismissive when queried about chemical weeding.
The City of Melville has been very dismissive when queried about chemical weeding.

I HAVE tried to contact the City of Melville about chemical weeding but they are, at best, dismissive.

They maintain the industry view that these agricultural poisons can be used safely on public land in urban areas.

There is a tendency to ridicule any reports linking herbicides to cancers.

I’m extremely concerned about what I’ve observed in Attadale, with spraying of level 6 and 5 poisons.

I have experienced direct contamination, the workers wear no masks and the fauna are foraging in the freshly sprayed areas.

I’ve seen a toddler touching the freshly sprayed Quizalofop area.

I have ridden my bike through drift while workers used glyphosate on a windy day.

These sprays are used alarmingly close to the water’s edge.

Recently, I left for work and a truck sprayed for several hours outside my house through the bush reserve.

The breeze was travelling from the east, so the drift was falling directly inside my home.

I had left my door open to let my cats out. The smell was overpowering and it was not possible to stay in the area without feeling my throat swelling up.

The inside of my unit was filled with these fumes.

My bedding and every surface is contaminated.

The smell saturated the air for 30 hours after they had left.

They will probably return to spray glyphosate, which has been banned in other parts of the world.

I believe Quizalofop is an agricultural chemical which requires a buffer zone of 300-500 metres, yet it’s being used in a residential area.

I understand the Department of Agriculture signed a permit that expires in 2022, which allows them to use a cocktail of chemicals in the urban area.

Quizalofop-P-ethyl is a level 6 poison. Glyphosate, a “probable carcinogen” according to International Standards, is level 5.