Pesticide Use

The Pesticide Use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 1995 (the Regulation). The plan sets out how Mosman Municipal Council will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to public places that it owns or controls.

The aim of the plan is to meet the community’s right to know about pesticide applications made in public places that are owned or controlled by Mosman Council. This plan allows members of the public the opportunity to avoid contact with pesticides. Council will ensure that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and the environment. Council will also ensure that all legislative requirements are met and followed.

The plan describes:

  • What public places are covered by the plan.
  • Who regularly uses these places and an estimate of the level of use.
  • How and when Council will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in public places (i.e. what notification arrangements will be used).
  • How the community can access this plan and get more information about Council’s notification arrangements.
  • How future reviews of the plan will be conducted.
  • Contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this plan with Council.

Council only uses pesticides in public places when necessary to eliminate weeds, feral animals, protect property from pest damage and to protect the users of public places from nuisance and danger.

The majority of pesticide use consists of applying herbicides for weed control. Frequency of application will vary from area to area. Other pesticides are used on a needs basis. These include insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, bird baits and large vertebrate baits.