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Use of Glyphosate to maintain weed growth

Glyphosate has been declared safe for the targeted spraying of weeds by the Federal Department of Health

WeedThe City of Charles Sturt uses Glyphosate to maintain weed growth across our council area. Glyphosate has been declared safe for the targeted spraying of weeds by the Federal Department of Health and the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority and there is no firm evidence to suggest that Glyphosate, when used in accordance with manufactures recommendations, is detrimental to the environment or human health.

There have been reported incidents where Charles Sturt staff or our contractors were spraying in the presence of community members. We have contacted the concerned community members and have addressed these reports with them.  

We ensure we use Glyphosate as directed, and only use in the targeted spraying of weeds. When spraying, we place four signs around the outer area of the sites (including Council’s reserves) which state ‘Herbicide Spray in Progress’. This ensures the community can make informed decisions about entering a reserve when spraying is in process. We also work to ensure that our teams cease spraying when members of the community walk past. As a rule, we do not spray close to people and have strict guidelines of wind strength and temperature at which it can be sprayed.

The City of Charles Sturt will continue to follow government guidance on weed control, but we are open to alternative removal methods if they can be shown to be safe, practical and cost-effective.

As well as Glyphosate, the City of Charles Sturt has been using organic, saturated steam treatment for weed control at a number of sites across the City for the past three years.

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