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Pesticide use Notification Plan

1. Introduction

This pesticide use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009.

The plan sets out how Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres will notify members of the community of pesticide applications to facilities that it  controls. The Plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides. Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres will ensure that pesticides are applied to all areas and places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and environment.

The plan describes:

  • What areas within Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres are covered by the Plan
  • Who regularly uses these areas and an estimate of the level of use
  • How Sport and Recreation will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in these areas (ie. what notification arrangements will be used)
  • How the community can access this Plan and get more information about notification arrangements
  • How future reviews of the Notification Plan will be conducted
  • Contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this Plan with Sport and Recreation and its Hawkesbury River Centres.

Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres and Sport and Recreation use pesticides in public places only when necessary to eliminate noxious weeds and broad leaf weeds to protect Sport and Recreation property from pest damage and protect the users of Sport and Recreation facilities from nuisance or danger.

The majority of pesticide use consists of applying herbicides for weed control and applying insecticides to manage insect pests. The frequency of programmed application ranges from two to five times per year for gardens and other ground areas. There are no sports field at the Hawkesbury River Centres.  Bait insecticides are used for termite and ant control to protect structures and public safety wherever this is considered an effective solution. Other pesticides used include fungicides, rodenticides, and large vertebrate baits. For more information, contact us

2. Public places covered by this plan

The Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres are comprised of the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre and the Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre.

Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre is located at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and occupies an area of approximately 500 hectares of native bush that back on to the Brisbane Water National Park.

Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre is also located on the Hawkesbury River, approximately eight kilometres upstream from Brooklyn. The Centre occupies an area of approximately 31 hectares and is the sole occupier of the site. Both Centres are accessible by water only.

Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres and Sport and Recreation propose to use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor areas that are contained within the boundaries of the Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres:

  • gardens
  • playgrounds
  • picnic areas
  • high ropes and abseiling areas
  • ovals and related facilities
  • public land controlled by the Sport and Recreation including:
    • road verges and reserves
    • laneways and pathways
    • road, utility or other easements accessible to the public
    • drains and fence lines.

In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notice of pesticide use will include all the following information:

  • The full product name of the pesticide to be used
  • The purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated
  • The place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number or email address of the Sport and Recreation officer whom people can contact to discuss the notice
  • Any warnings regarding re–entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)* permit.

Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centre’s estimate of the level of community use, regular user groups and types of pesticide use in each of these categories of places is summarised in the following table.

* The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the national government body responsible for assessing and registering (or otherwise approving) all pesticide products in Australia and for their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale.

Location

Regular user groups

Frequency

Type of pesticide

Centre gardens and parks

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly people
  • Recreational users

Very high (frequently used by multiple users, with short to medium length stays)

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides, ant control.

Playgrounds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control.

Picnic areas

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides, ant control.

High ropes and abseiling

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Spray ant control
  • Bait ant control.

Ovals and related sporting facilities

  • Children and adults staying at the Centre
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Broadscale selective herbicides
  • Spray or bait termiticides on facilities
  • Rodenticides within facilities.

Road verges and reserves

  • Clients or visitors walking or driving on the road.

Medium

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Laneways and pathways

  • Clients or visitors.

Medium to high

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Conference centre

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control
  • Spray spider control.

Kitchen and dining room facilities

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control

Administration offices

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control

Units and lodges

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Toilet and shower blocks

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Recreation hall

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Staff residences

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Archery shelters

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Boat and bike storage sheds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational  users  .

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Workshop areas and compounds

  • Staff.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Interiors of agency buildings

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Staff.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Swimming pool buildings and grounds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides on facilities
  • Rodenticides within facilities
  • Spray spider control.

3. Notification arrangements

This section of the Plan describes how and when Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres will provide notice of pesticide use in public places, including special measuresfor sensitive places that are adjacent to public places, arrangements for emergency pesticide applications and circumstances where notice will not be given.

These notification requirements are based on Sport and Recreation’s and Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centre’s assessment of:

  • The level of usage of public places where pesticides may be used
  • The extent to which members of the public who are most likely to be sensitive to pesticides (eg. young children, pregnant women and elderly people) are likely to use these areas regularly.
  • The extent to which activities generally undertaken  in these areas could lead to some direct contact with pesticides such as in picnic areas where food is consumed and sporting or in other recreational activities that result in contact with the ground.
  • The type of pesticide used.

Notice of pesticide use will be provided by a combination of:

  • Signs
  • Information on the Sport and Recreation website (which will describe programmed, reactive and emergency pesticide use in agency areas)
  • Letters
  • Fax, email and phone contact
  • Local papers.

Sport and Recreation uses small quantities of some pesticides that are widely available in retail outlets and ordinarily used for domestic purposes (including home gardening). Sport and Recreation does not intend to provide notice for such pesticide applications other than by way of this description in this Plan (or general information on the Sport and Recreation website). This will apply to minor control of indoor and outdoor insect pests using baits or aerosol spray cans and spot weed control using a wand or hand–held spray bottle or knapsack sprayer.

4. How and when notice of pesticide use will be provided

4.1  Outdoor recreation areas

The notification arrangements described above will apply to the following categories of facilities owned or controlled by Sport and Recreation at the Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres:

  • Parks and gardens
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Sporting fields, ovals and related facilities.

In these Centre areas, signs will be provided to clients and the general community near the application area or the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours after application for the following pesticide uses:

  • Broadscale selective herbicides
  • Broadscale non–selective herbicides
  • Broadscale insecticides
  • Spray spider control.

4.2 Special measures for sensitive places

Where any of the above pesticides are used adjacent to a sensitive place, special measures for sensitive places are required. This will not apply to the Hawkesbury River Centres as the Centres are not abutted by other land holders.

Information will be available to the general public on the Sport and Recreation website about the forward program for the above applications (updated every three months) and on the following pesticide uses in outdoor recreation areas:

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control.

4.3 Outdoor public land owned or controlled by Sport and Recreation

Outdoor public land owned or controlled by Sport and Recreation including:

  • Road verges and reserves
  • Laneways and pathways
  • Road, rail, utility or other easements accessible to the public
  • Drains and fence lines.

In these areas, information on the forward program for broadscale herbicide use will be posted on the Sport and Recreation website every three months.

A letter drop of the adjacent properties will occur 48 hours before the expected date or dates of broadscale herbicides application for the above pesticides uses.

For broadscale herbicides application in the aforementioned areas, signs will be used to inform site users of the proposed application. Signs will be erected near the application area or at the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours after application.

Where programmed spot herbicides applications occur on outdoor public thoroughfares and the above easements, adjacent to sensitive places, prior notice by mail or letter drop will be provided at least 48 hours beforehand.

Information on the programmed and reactive spot use of herbicide will be posted on the Sport and Recreation website every three months. Notice will NOT be given where occupiers of adjacent properties use pesticides on parts of these places near their properties.

5. Emergency pesticide application

In cases where emergency pesticide application in a public place is required to deal with biting or dangerous pests such as wasps, bees, venomous spiders, fleas, bird mites or rodents (that pose an immediate health hazard), or where immediate action is required to protect assets from serious damage, Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time of application. If this is not possible, the Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres will provide information via the Sport and Recreation website or by request to the person applying the pesticide.

6. Pesticide contractors and lessees of agency land

Where the Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres use contractors to apply pesticides on their behalf, the Centres will ensure that notification is made in accordance with the notification requirements of this Plan.

In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notices of pesticide use must include all the following information:

  • The full product name of the pesticide to be used
  • The purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated
  • Place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number and email address for a Sport and Recreation officer whom people can contact to discuss the notice
  • Any warnings regarding re–entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) permit.

Signs will be of a standardised design that will be easily recognisable to the public and workers.

As already noted, the Sport and Recreation website will have a dedicated area that describes the programmed, reactive and if practicable, emergency pesticide use in Hawkesbury River Sport and Recreation Centres with a link to this plan. The relevant website address will be publicised in local papers, when this medium is used for notification.

7. How the community will be informed of this Plan

Sport and Recreation will advise residents of this Plan and its contents by:

  • Making a copy of the Plan available for viewing, free of charge, at either of the Centre’s Administration offices during business hours.
  • Placing a copy of the Plan on sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/brokenbay or sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/milsonisland
  • Placing a notice in the Central Coast Express.

8. Future reviews of the Plan

The Notification Plan will be reviewed every three years or when circumstances require a review of the plan. The review will include:

  • a report on progress of implementing the Plan
  • Public consultation on the notification methods outlined  in the plan will be addressed by placing the Plan on public exhibition, with any proposed changes and calling for public submissions
  • In light of public submissions, making recommendations for alterations (if applicable) to the Plan.

9. Contact details

To discuss this Plan or to obtain details of pesticide applications in public places, contact Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre