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Whitsunday Regional Council is exploring more cost effective and environmentally friendly weed control practices.
Adam Hagy, Manager of Parks and Gardens, said council is continually reviewing weed spraying practices and is currently investigating alternative cost effective methods in preventing erosion on steep slopes as a result of herbicide use.
“I can assure residents that chemical application is only carried out when required which is reflected in our records and all of Council's spray operators are well trained in the use of chemical application, being sure to abide by all relevant legislation,” Mr Hagy said.
“Council is also vigilant in only using chemicals labelled for use around waterways to minimise or eliminate any impact to the environment,” he said
“In the tropics, unfortunately the growth rate of various weeds is rapid and noxious weeds are detrimental to the environment.
“The use of chemicals and managing pest plants is a delicate balance and one that Council takes seriously.”
At today’s council meeting in Bowen, councillors resolved that CEO Barry Omundson provide a report on the amount of chemical use, including type, function and application including area of use and possible alternatives by area.