Weed control programs

How Randwick City Council controls weeds

Our weed control programs aim to control weed growth and spread throughout Randwick City through the following measures.

Our role

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 we have a duty to take action against any biosecurity risks. These include controlling and eliminating priority weeds. These weeds can negatively affect our health, economy and environment. Here are some things we do to manage them:

  • Identify priority weeds which pose a threat to the community and environment.
  • Map the location and extent of priority weeds within the Randwick Local Government Area.
  • Prioritise and target specific weed species by employing the most appropriate control measures which will least affect the environment, but satisfactorily control the specific weed infestation.
  • Ensure early detection of, and rapid action against new weed problems.
  • Enforce the provisions of the Biosecurity Act 2015 in the Local Government Area.
  • Educate the local community about the identification, effects and problems caused by noxious weeds and their obligations under the Biosecurity Act.
  • Encourage and participate a regional approach to weed control incorporating the principles of Total Catchment Management by all local authorities for legislation, funding and control techniques.

Your role

We have a shared ‘General Biosecurity duty’ to look after our environment and community. Your help is needed to protect against priority weeds. Here are some things you can do:

  • Be aware of priority weeds
  • Notify us if you see them
  • Work with us - we may look into areas on your property if there are reports of priority weeds there. We’ll work with you to identify and eliminate them

Herbicide Spraying Program - September 2019

Council is currently undertaking a herbicide spraying program in the month of September. The program involves the use of a variety of selective and pre-emergent herbicides to remove winter season rye grass and prevent clover and bindii. All fields will have information sign-posted 3 days prior to the intended spray date and will include information such as the chemical to be used and the species that will be targeted. This spray program is undertaken every year to ensure Randwick’s turf areas are in the best condition possible.

Please note that glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Roundup, are not being used as per the Council decision to discontinue the use of glyphosate and undertake a trial of alternative chemicals. Spraying is weather dependant and sign-posted dates may changes due to conditions. Completion dates will be included on signs when the fields have been sprayed. The contractor will be assisted by a Council staff member to inform the public in nearby areas to stay off the area being treated. Please read notification signs when you see them.

The following parks will be included in the herbicide spraying program:

Nagle Park
Pioneers Park
Yarra Oval
Yarra Lower
Heffron Park
Chifley Oval
Coral Sea Park
Burrows Park
Paine Reserve
Bardon Park
Snape Park

The following chemicals will be used:

Tribute – selective herbicide to remove Rye Grass
Destiny – selective herbicide to remove Rye Grass
Spearhead – broadleaf to remove Bindi and Clover
Embargo – pre-emergent to provide protection against the emergence of broadleaf weeds

The application method is via a boom spray.

Bindii spraying

Below is the list of herbicides that will be sprayed over the next 2 week period in the following parks

Spraying Spearhead only:

*Alison Park
*Kokoda Park
*Bangor Park
*Baker Park
*Environmental Park
*Popplewell Upper
*Quarry Reserve
*Emily McCarthy reserve

Spraying Spearhead and Barricade:

*Dunningham Reserve
*Goldstein Reserve
*Grant Reserve
*Trennery Reserve

Spearhead- Used to control Broadleaf weeds eg Bindii
Barricade- Is a pre-emergent to stop weeds germinating over the spring period.

Biosecurity Act 2015 and other resources

The Biosecurity Act 2015 has useful information about managing biosecurity risks. You can also read about how we aim to spread the word and action this vision in our area - Greater Sydney Regional Weed management plan 2017-2022.

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