Non-chemical weed control goes full steam ahead

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THE City of Subiaco will replace glyphosate sprays with a safer alternative but it will leave the City 60 per cent more out of pocket.

Councillors unanimously agreed at this month’s council meeting to assign GreenSteam Australia Pty Ltd to undergo non-chemical weed control within Subiaco.

Glyphosate weed control carried out in Subiaco parks and reserves, footpaths, road reserves, streetscapes, traffic islands, kerbs and laneways, currently costs the City $133,000 each year.

The City has now agreed to secure permanent non-chemical steam weed control, costing $212,000 – an extra $79,000 spent by the City per year in an effort to stop its use of glyphosate.

Councillor Derek Nash said the approach to rid glyphosate use within the City was a way forward and a sensible middle ground.

“Yes the non-chemical weed control is more expensive but I believe it’s money well spent – how do you put a price on the health of the community?” he said.

A 12-month successful trial was conducted by the City in July 2018.

Non-chemical steam weed control will be rolled out on January 1, 2020.