Weed and pest management
Weed and pest invasions threaten the biodiversity of the City’s conservation reserves and can have an impact on how public spaces can be used. Weed and pest control is undertaken in City managed parks, streetscapes and natural areas.
The City uses a variety of weed and pest control methods, including:
- Prevention: Alternative designs and management processes can make it harder for pests to establish and complete their life cycle;
- Cultural controls: Modifying a pest’s habitat can make it harder for pests to complete their life cycle, and providing enhanced habitats for natural enemies or competitors can help control pests;
- Physical and mechanical controls: This includes using steam, hand pulling, mechanical cutting and mulching;
- Biological control: This can include introducing natural enemies of pests, conserving habitat for natural enemies, and the use of biological sprays;
- Chemical control: This includes the use of both natural and synthetic herbicides, fungicides and pesticides.
The City’s use of herbicides and pesticides
When chemical-free weed controls are not effective or feasible, the City uses approved herbicides and pesticides in compliance with the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011
and Safety Data Sheets.
Only pesticides approved for use by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) are considered, where use is justified, minimised in volumes required and is at the lowest toxicity rating necessary to achieve the desired outcome.
During school holidays, the City avoids applying pesticides within recreational areas of Tomato Lake, Ascot Waters, Garvey Park, Volcano Playground and Adachi Park and within 10 metres of any playground.
For further information please read the City's Weed and Pest Management Information Sheet
The 'No Spray' list - local government road reserves
In August, November, February and May every year, City contractors will spray kerbs, medians and footpaths using 'Glyphosate', weather permitting.
For information on the safety and use of Glyphosate please read the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) fact sheet.
The City also conducts spraying on verges to control African Love Grass twice a year, during the months of May and September.
Residents/ratepayers can register for the verge adjacent to their property to be left untreated with pesticides, by contacting the City in writing (by email or mail). The “No Spray” list only applies to local government road reserves and activities of City of Belmont staff and contractors.
Registration to the “No Spray” list requires residents/ratepayers to commit to maintaining their verge in a weed-free condition.
On a periodic basis the City will request re-confirmation from those registered to remain on the list.
The City reserves the right to apply pesticides should the above conditions not be met.
To register complete the online form
or contact the City's Parks team at email@example.com