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Pesticide use Notification Plan - Myuna Bay

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 Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to public places that it owns or controls. The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides. Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will ensure that pesticides are applied to all areas and places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and the environment.

The Plan describes:

  • What areas within Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre are covered by the Plan
  • Who regularly uses these areas and an estimate of the level of use
  • How the Office of Sport 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 the Office of Sport notification arrangements
  • How future reviews of the Notification Plan will be conducted
  • Contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this Plan with the Office of Sport and Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre.

Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre and the Office of Sport use pesticides in public places only when necessary to eliminate noxious weeds and broad leaf weeds to protect Centre property from pest damage and protect the users of the Centre’s 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 four to six times per year for sports fields, two to five times per year for gardens and other ground areas. Bait insecticides and rodenticides are used three times per year to protect structures and public safety where appropriate. For more information, contact us

2. Public places covered by this plan

Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre is situated on the shores of Lake Macquarie 26 km south of Newcastle on Main Road, midway between Toronto and Morriset and occupies 156 hectares of bushland. Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre and the Office of Sport propose to use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor areas that are contained within the boundaries of the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre:

  • public gardens
  • playgrounds
  • picnic areas
  • high ropes and abseiling areas
  • sporting fields, ovals and related facilities
  • public land owned or controlled by the Office of Sport 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 Office of Sport 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)1 permit.

Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre estimate of the level of community use, regular user groups and types of pesticide use in each of these categories of public 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
  • Sporting groups

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

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides, and control

Playgrounds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • 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, and control

High ropes and abseiling

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users.

High

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

Lake foreshore area

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

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control

Sporting fields, ovals and related sporting facilities

  • Sporting clubs and associations
  • School sports groups
  • Recreational users.

High

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

Laneways and pathways

  • Locals residents
  • Clients or visitors.

Medium to high

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Easements accessible to the public (eg. road, utility)

  • Local residents

Low to medium

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Drains and fence lines

  • Local residents
  • Clients for visitors walking or driving on the road past a drain

Low to medium

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

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 Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will provide notice of pesticide use in public places, including special measures for 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 the Office of Sport's and Myuna Bay 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 in sporting or 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 Sport and Recreation 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). The Office of Sport 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 the Office of Sport at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre categories:

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

In these areas, signs will be provided to the user clients and 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. The occupiers will be provided with 48 hours prior targeted notice by phone, mail or letter drop (or by an established local arrangement).

Clause 18 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 defines a sensitive place to be any:

  • School or Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Childcare centre
  • Hospital
  • Community health centre
  • Nursing home
  • Place declared to be a sensitive place by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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 the Office of Sport including:

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

For 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 applications 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.

Notice will NOT be given where occupiers of properties adjacent to Sport and Recreation areas use pesticides on parts of these places near their properties.

For all facilities controlled by Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, the Office of Sport will exhibit signs near the main entrance at least 48 hours prior to application and remain for at least 48 hours afterwards for the following uses:

  • Spot use of insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray termiticides
  • Spray ant control.

Information for the general community will be posted on the Sport and Recreation website every three months about the above applications.

Special notification measures for programmed pesticide use in outdoor Sport and Recreation places adjacent to sensitive places of each category of public place have already been noted.

For non-emergency reactive pesticide use in outdoor public places next to sensitive places, the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will provide concurrent notice shortly before use to the occupier by phone, door–knock or letter drop, depending upon what is most practicable.

If a pesticide must be used to deal with an emergency in an outdoor public place or in a public place that is adjacent to a sensitive place, Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will organise a door–knock in that sensitive place, preferably at least 30 minutes before, so people are aware that a pesticide is about to be used to deal with a dangerous pest infestation.

5. Emergency pesticide application

In cases where emergency pesticide applications 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, Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time  of application. If this is not possible, the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre 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 Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre uses contractors to apply pesticides on its behalf, the Centre will ensure that notification is made in accordance with the notification requirements of this plan.

Where persons or organisations hold an existing lease within Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, they will be required to inform Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre Management of any intention to apply pesticides. Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will arrange and coordinate any pesticide application on the site in accordance with the 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 Office of Sport 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 Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre 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

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

  • Making a copy of the Plan available for viewing, free of charge, at Myuna Bay Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre administration office, Main Road, Myuna Bay NSW 2264 during business hours
  • Placing a copy of the Plan on sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/myunabay
  • Placing a notice in the Newcastle Morning Herald.

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 us.