Over the last decade and even more so over the past few years, attention has been drawn to the environment and human health effects of herbicides. Specifically, Glyphosate (which is the active ingredient in products such as Roundup). Currently, at this time, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) deems the product suitable for application in public places, if followed as per the instructions and in accordance with the application guidelines. Even so, over the last few years the Town of Mosman Park has been working very hard to reduce the volume of herbicide use through modifying treatments regimes, trialling alternative products and allocation additional hours to support manual weed removal.
In 2019, the Town has been trialling Pine Oil in the Minim Cove Park natural area and Slasher in the Point Roe Park natural area, as well as using reduced Round up concentrations at Bay View Park.
New products are being developed and released onto the market frequently. In order to ascertain the effectiveness of these products there will be the need for ongoing trialling to determine their applicability to the Town of Mosman Park.
At the November 2019 OCM meeting, council adopted the policy - 2.2.16 Use of Herbicides in the Town which supports the above mentioned approach.