Draft Weed and Pest Management Policy

Closed for comment on 9 October 2018.

The City of Stirling is committed to the responsible use and reduction of pesticides and is implementing a range of chemical free initiatives to manage weeds and pests.

To continue to improve our practices, a draft policy has been developed outlining the City’s approach to weed and pest management. The policy also includes a Pesticide use Notification Plan outlining how and when residents, ratepayers and visitors will be notified when pesticides are applied.

Pesticide reduction is a journey we want to share with our community and we invite you to review the Draft Weed and Pest Management Policy and Pesticide Use Notification Plan. Both documents are available to download from the Document Library, which is located to the right of the page.

Why is weed and pest management important?

Weed and pest control in public areas is an important service the City provides to the community. The invasion of weeds and pests in our conservation reserves and public spaces threatens biodiversity and affects the amenity and community use of these areas.

How is the City minimising the use of pesticides?

We take the use of pesticides very seriously and we are working continuously to reduce usage. However, given the large scale of area managed by the City, chemical free alternatives are not always feasible.

The City follows the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This means pesticides and herbicides are only used when all other feasible mechanical, cultural and biological options are explored. These options include:

  • Hand pulling
  • Mechanical cutting
  • Vacuuming
  • Mulching
  • Steam
  • Organic herbicides.

In addition, when pesticides are selected for use, they are applied in a safe and responsible manner to minimise the risk to public health, the environment and other organisms.

More information about our steam treatment weeds program and other pesticide reduction initiatives is available in the Fact Sheet, located in the Document Library.

Closed for comment on 9 October 2018.

The City of Stirling is committed to the responsible use and reduction of pesticides and is implementing a range of chemical free initiatives to manage weeds and pests.

To continue to improve our practices, a draft policy has been developed outlining the City’s approach to weed and pest management. The policy also includes a Pesticide use Notification Plan outlining how and when residents, ratepayers and visitors will be notified when pesticides are applied.

Pesticide reduction is a journey we want to share with our community and we invite you to review the Draft Weed and Pest Management Policy and Pesticide Use Notification Plan. Both documents are available to download from the Document Library, which is located to the right of the page.

Why is weed and pest management important?

Weed and pest control in public areas is an important service the City provides to the community. The invasion of weeds and pests in our conservation reserves and public spaces threatens biodiversity and affects the amenity and community use of these areas.

How is the City minimising the use of pesticides?

We take the use of pesticides very seriously and we are working continuously to reduce usage. However, given the large scale of area managed by the City, chemical free alternatives are not always feasible.

The City follows the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This means pesticides and herbicides are only used when all other feasible mechanical, cultural and biological options are explored. These options include:

  • Hand pulling
  • Mechanical cutting
  • Vacuuming
  • Mulching
  • Steam
  • Organic herbicides.

In addition, when pesticides are selected for use, they are applied in a safe and responsible manner to minimise the risk to public health, the environment and other organisms.

More information about our steam treatment weeds program and other pesticide reduction initiatives is available in the Fact Sheet, located in the Document Library.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    To continue to improve our practices, a draft policy has been developed outlining the City’s approach to weed and pest management and how residents, ratepayers and visitors will be notified when pesticides are applied.

    Please read the Draft Weed and Pest Management Policy and the Pesticide Use Notification Plan, and provide your feedback and comments via this submission form. 

    Please note- all feedback fields in this form are optional. You can choose to provide comments in some sections, and leave others blank.

    Your comments and responses are strictly confidential and your personal information will be handled in accordance with

    To continue to improve our practices, a draft policy has been developed outlining the City’s approach to weed and pest management and how residents, ratepayers and visitors will be notified when pesticides are applied.

    Please read the Draft Weed and Pest Management Policy and the Pesticide Use Notification Plan, and provide your feedback and comments via this submission form. 

    Please note- all feedback fields in this form are optional. You can choose to provide comments in some sections, and leave others blank.

    Your comments and responses are strictly confidential and your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.

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