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Update on the use of glyphosate

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Warrnambool City Council has resumed using glyphosate-based herbicides in its maintenance of parks and gardens.

Council had temporarily suspended the use of glyphosate following a legal case in the United States and questions from the community as to the safety of using glyphosate.

In determining whether herbicides are safe to use Council takes advice from the Australian regulator of agricultural chemicals, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

The Authority has over many years advised that glyphosate was safe to use provided it was applied in accordance with product directions.

Last month the Authority reiterated that “glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic risk to humans and that there are no grounds to place it under formal reconsideration.” 

Council subsequently made a decision to once again use glyphosate to control weeds.

The careful use of herbicides is important in enabling Council to efficiently maintain our parks and gardens.

It is also an important part of landcare operations where weeds are eradicated before any planting of native species.

Council staff are fully trained in the use of herbicides and the staff who mix and apply herbicides are required to complete the relevant accredited training courses.

All chemicals used by Council are registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and used according to the product directions.

For details on the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s recommendations on glyphosate go to: www.apvma.gov.au/node/13891

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