Glyphosate (roundup) aerial spraying in Port Kembla
Jun 8, 2019 —
What about the honeybees, indigenous bees and the honey contamination?
Residents are concerned that just as some countries are banning the herbicide glyphosate - it will be sprayed from the sky above them in Port Kembla.
Residents were informed recently that the Illawarra District Weeds Authority would be spraying from helicopters in late June.
It's part of annual spraying to combat Bitou bush. About 90ha would be sprayed around Hill 60 and Perkins Beach at Port Kembla. Another 40ha would be sprayed at Bass Point in Shellharbour and another 8ha on private land at Gerringong.
Diana Matic was one resident who saw the notice from IDWA about Port Kembla. "I actually thought this was a joke," Ms Matic said. "You have countries like France and Vietnam which are banning it. "But here, it's actually going to go on people's houses. And people have pets, they have babies. There's people who walk along the beach straight afterwards. "There's got to be another way." IDWA chief weeds officer David Pomery said some areas were not accessible without aerial spraying.
The Cancer Council has called for an independent review of glyphosate.
Wollongong City Council uses RoundUp for weed removal, as do many public schools.
The Illawarra District Weeds Authority is run by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation, an arrangement between the cities' councils.
Here are the contact details:
Chief Weeds Officer
Office phone: (02) 4233 1129
Mobile: 0418 481 134
Mobile: 0418 485 359
Wollongong City Council:(02) 4227 7111
Councillor Representative: Clr Cath Blakey
Technical Representative: Mr Vanni De Luca
Kiama Municipal Council:(02) 4232 0444
Councillor Representative: Clr Kathy Rice
Technical Representative: Mr Peter Gill
Shellharbour City Council: (02) 4221 6111
Councillor Representative: Clr Nathan Cattell
Technical Representative: Mr Scott Rowe
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