The Illawarra says no to Glyphosate aerial spraying!

The Illawarra says no to Glyphosate aerial spraying!

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Sylvie Chaumont started this petition to Illawarra District Weeds Authority and

The Illawarra Mercury newspaper revealed today that "preparations are underway for helicopter spraying of the plant poison RoundUp from Port Kembla to Wollongong, just days after a Melbourne man launched Australia's first lawsuit seeking to blame the weedkiller for his cancer."

This is planned for the end of June.  I am a resident of Coniston and I have not been consulted about this.  I have not seen any public consultation and find it absolutely criminal in this day and age that such a controversial chemical can be spread over an entire region without the residents' say on the matter.

Glyphosate has long been associated with cancer, and any risk to make this disease more prevalent should be avoided.  How can spraying toxic chemicals be approved without public consultation?

Additional facts brought to light by the Mercury show the seriousness of this decision:  

"This week Melbourne gardener Michael Ogliarolo, 54, launched legal actionalleging RoundUp caused his cancer - non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Three glyphosate court cases in the US have come down in favour of plaintiffs with cancer. In the latest, a court in Oakland, California, awarded a couple $2.8 billion.

In 2015 the UN World Health Organisation's cancer agency reviewed the studies so far and concluded glyphosate probably caused cancer. "


I would like to thank the Illawarra Mercury newspaper for bringing this matter to public knowledge and propose that:

- the spraying is cancelled until further review and decision.

- public consultation and agreement is allowed before the decision is made.

All in favour of this proposal, please sign this petition so we can contact the relevant authorities.  Thank you for your support.

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