Weed control is a community priority for environmental and economic reasons. Our weed management and control work are planned and carried out in line with feedback from our community.
Weeds are controlled to meet statutory requirements, improve open space aesthetics, protect biodiversity, provide consistent playing surfaces, protect productive land, keep clear lines of sight along roads, protect infrastructure from damage and free of obstruction.
Weeds are controlled in Shire-managed bushland reserves, passive recreation reserves, formal parks, garden beds, on roads, road reserves and shared pathways, sporting reserves, along curb and channel, on and near buildings.
We are committed to identify optimal combinations of pest and weed control methods for long term sustainability with the aim of preventing problems from occurring. Various methods are used including hand weeding in garden beds and bushland; motorised weeding for road shoulders and near creek crossings; reduced weed control in public areas around sports grounds; gas burner weeding in bushland reserves; steam weeding at The Briars; and where necessary and under strict controls we use herbicide.
Mornington Peninsula Shire takes all health and safety matters very seriously and is guided by Worksafe Victoria and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) on the use of herbicides. APVMA regulates the use of herbicides in Australia and considers all relevant scientific material when determining the likely impacts on human health and worker safety including long and short-term exposure to users. When used under strict health and safety measures, following the manufacturers’ instructions and applied by properly trained and experienced staff, herbicides are a safe and cost-effective method.
With support from our fantastic Friends Group volunteers and by implementing alternative methods, we are working to minimise the use of herbicides where practical. We will continue to research alternative organic weed killers and trial new products including plant-based acids and oils to reduce the use of herbicides.