What does the Weed and Pest Management Policy include?
The policy supports the City's commitment to the responsible use of pesticides, and the reduction of their use.
It outlines the City's approach to ensuring that the City meets its environmental, legal and community obligations for weed and pest management on land owned and or managed by the City.
It also outlines how the City will achieve its obligations in a manner that is environmentally, socially and economically acceptable to Council.
The policy also refers to the City's Pesticide Use Notification Plan and Pesticide Notification Register.
The policy is available to download in the Document Library or at the following link.
What is the Pesticide Use Notification Plan and how was it developed?
Why is weed and pest management important?
Weed and pest control is an important service provided to the community. The invasion of weeds and pests in our conservation reserves threatens biodiversity and affects the community use and amenity of our public spaces.
Please see the images in our Photo Gallery, which show some of the common weeds requiring management throughout the City.
How will residents be notified of planned pesticide and herbicide use?
What is the No Spray Verge List?
The City maintains a Pesticide Notification Register which includes a No Spray Verge List. This list allows residents / ratepayers to register an adjacent City verge to be left untreated with pesticides (in return for the resident/ owner maintaining the verge in a weed free condition).
Residents / ratepayers can contact the City on (08) 9205 8555 or by emailing email@example.com to register for the No Spray Verge List.
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
What controls are commonly used to manage weeds and pests?
The City uses a wide range controls to manage weeds and pests.
Including alternative designs and management processes making it harder for pests to establish and complete their life cycle.
Includes modifying a pest’s habitat to make it harder for them to complete their life cycle.
Physical and mechanical controls
Including mowing, steam, hand pulling and vacuuming.
Introducing natural enemies of pests so they will be controlled, and may include conserving habitat for natural enemies. Also includes use of biological sprays.
Chemical controlIncluding herbicides, fungicides and pesticides.
What is the steam treatment trial?
The City of Stirling is committed to pesticide reduction and uses a range of alternative control measures including steam, hand pulling, mechanical cutting, vacuuming, mulching and organic herbicides.
For example, The City has applied steam to control weeds in hard infrastructure, including kerb lines and footpaths since 2014. A total of 15 busy precincts have been prioritised including the Scarborough foreshore, Beaufort Street, Mirrabooka shopping areas and the Stirling City Centre.
The steam treatment weeds program has now been extended in 2018/19 to include road reserves adjacent to sensitive sites including aged care facilities, schools, child care centres and hospitals.Please view our Pesticide Reduction Program Fact Sheet in the document library for more details.
Does the City use Glyphosate (Round Up)?
Where can I go to learn more about pesticide use and best practice?