City of Wanneroo releases draft pesticide policy for public consultation

City of Wanneroo releases draft pesticide policy for public consultation

THE City of Wanneroo has developed a draft pesticide management policy to guide how it deals with weeds and pests in public areas.

The council endorsed the draft policy at its November meeting and it is out for public comment until December 14.

A report to the council said there was growing awareness in the community about use of pesticides to control pests and weeds in areas the City managed, such as road reserves and parks.

“Weed control forms the largest part of the City’s pest control program and the use of herbicides is the most common control method used,” it said.

The report said the policy aimed to ensure the City met environmental, legal and community obligations for pesticide use in an “environmentally, socially and economically responsible” manner.

“The City will include the use of chemical and non-chemical methods as part of all pest and weed control programs,” the policy said.

It said pesticide application was not allowed around schools between 7.30am and 9am and 2.30pm to 4pm on school days, and the City would notify the community when it planned to use pesticides in a suburb

“People who live or work in or visit an area have the right to know when public places are treated with pesticides,” the policy said.

“Notifying people about pesticide applications means that they can make informed decisions about entering a public space.

“Residents will be given the opportunity to register on the City’s ‘no spray list’.

“The list allows individual owners to register their property so that the footpath and verge adjacent to the property is excluded from having chemical-based products applied to it.”

Individuals, community groups and organisations will be able to register for the list so they receive automatic email or text notifications about pesticide applications planned for their suburb or if they don’t want pesticides applied outside their house.

The policy also required provision of well-maintained equipment and personal protective equipment for City employees and contractors applying pesticides.

The November 13 council report said the Parks and conservation management team expected to spend $1.5 million on pesticide management in 2018-19.

At the same meeting, the council repealed the City’s weed management policy, developed in 2010 and now deemed “outdated”.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to make submissions on the draft pesticide management policy.