Pesticide Use on Public Land
Ballina Shire Council manages an extensive and diverse range of public places with weed and pest control programs being a management priority for Council. Pesticide use is about balancing public safety against the benefits pest and weed control provide, to ensure the best outcome. Council has developed a policy to guide its approach and notification plan to keep the community informed. A factsheet also assists landholders to maintain roadside pesticide free areas.
Complaints about Pesticide use on Private Land
The use of pesticides is regulated by the Pesticides Act 1999 which is administered by the NSW EPA. Councils have no powers or authority in relation to the use of pesticides on private land. Any complaints relating to the use of pesticides on private land should be reported to the NSW EPA on their pollution line 131 555 for investigation.
The NSW EPA may require evidence, such as video footage, of the alleged breach being reported and will require an accurate property address to enable investigation.
Refer to the NSW EPA website for more details epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pestmisuse