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Council set to trial alternative weed control around playgrounds

27 June 2017

Kingston Council has committed to a 12-month trial of an alternative weed killer around community playgrounds following feedback from residents.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said current weed management controls used by Council were approved for use by the World Health Organisation and other authorities – but that Council was happy to trial other options in response to community feedback.

“Over the next 12 months Council will be using herbicide Local Safe around our 114 playgrounds to see how it performs,” Cr Eden said.  “While our current product is perfectly safe we are adopting a proactive approach in key areas around playgrounds and using a vinegar-based product instead of chemicals.”

“Glyphosate is an active component in well-known weed-control product ‘Round Up’ and is used regularly in the gardens of many homes around Kingston,” Cr Eden. “However we’re happy to respond to requests from our community to take extra care where children play.”

A recent six month study found that the current product Glysophate – which is approved for use by the World Health Organisation, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and WorkSafe – was substantially cheaper and more effective in controlling weeds when compared with other products or steam-based treatments.

Council will continue to regularly review its use of weed control products to sure they meet the latest expert advice. 

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