Livingstone Council close to new pesticide policy
LIVINGSTONE councillor Adam Belot wants to eliminate the use of chemicals in his community, starting with one of Yeppoon's most popular play areas.
In yesterday's Livingstone council meeting, the table of councillors discussed the proposed draft of the new herbicide and pesticide policy (community policy) which had been created in response to previous community concerns regarding herbicide applications within public areas.
The new policy has been developed in consultation with a working group consisting of representatives from council, state agencies, local natural resource management groups and members of the community.
During the discussion of the report, Cr Belot suggested that Yeppoon's Appleton Park should be a chemical free area of the shire.
"Appleton Park is a high-use park for a lot of younger children and families," Cr Belot said.
"I suggested that council nominate that park as a chemically free park and we indicate that with a sign somewhere on the fence so families know that their children won't be exposed to those chemicals. Our food is labelled when it's chemical free and we like knowing our water is clean and safe to drink so I'm sure families would like to know that the area their child is playing in is chemically free too, that way they can make an informed decision.
"The ultimate policy Livingstone is trying to achieve is to reduce the use of those chemicals as much as we can and in as many places as we can. The popular recreational areas are at the top of the list for places to start and I think Appleton Park would be a great pilot park."
Cr Belot said the council were "just around the corner" to endorsing a policy that would reflect the most healthiest and safest herbicide and pesticide methods.
"It's very early days in putting forth this idea and I welcome the broad opinions out there on this topic," Cr Belot said.
"This is just one of a number of different options council are discussing and considering for the management of herbicides and pesticides in our urban spaces. At this point in time it's been deferred for further discussion due to a combination of reasons but I'm fairly confident we're close to endorsing a policy that will be accepted by the community very soon."
Mayor Bill Ludwig supported Cr Belot's suggestion at the meeting.