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Pesticide Use Notification plan - Sydney Academy of Sport

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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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. The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation will ensure that pesticides are applied to all areas and places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community or the environment. The Plan describes:

  • What areas within the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 Sport and Recreation’s 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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation.

The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation and Sport and Recreation uses pesticides in public places only when necessary to eliminate noxious weeds and broad leaf weeds  to protect Agency property from pest damage and protect the users of Agency places 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 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 Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation is situated on Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and occupies 127 hectares. The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation and Sport and Recreation proposeto use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor areas that are contained within the boundaries of the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation:

  • public gardens
  • playgrounds
  • picnic areas
  • high ropes and abseiling areas
  • sporting fields, ovals and related facilities
  • public land owned or controlled by the NSW Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation including:
    • road verges and reserves
    • laneways and pathways
    • road, utility or other easements accessible to the public
    • drains, 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 who people can contact to discuss the notice
  • Any warnings regarding entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)* permit.

The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation’s 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

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
  • Elderly
  • Recreation users

Low

  • Spot herbicides

Picnic areas

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

High

  • Spot herbicides

High ropes, rock climbing and abseiling

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides

Sporting fields, ovals and related sporting facilities

  • Sporting clubs and associations
  • School sports groups
  • Recreation users

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Broadscale selective herbicides and insecticides
  • Spray or bait termicides on facilities
  • Rodenticides within facilities

Road verges and reserves

  • Local residents
  • Clients or visitors walking or driving on the road

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale selective herbicides

Laneways and pathways

  • Locals residents
  • Clients or visitors.

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

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 and gymnasiums

  • 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

Boat storage sheds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users  .

High

  • Spot insecticides

Workshop areas and compounds

  • Staff.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides

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

Athletics track

  • 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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 Sport and Recreation’s and the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation’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 picnic areas where food is consumed and 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 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 and the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation:

  • Parks and gardens
  • 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, email, fax, mail or letter drop (or by an established local arrangement).

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

  • 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 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.

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

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

Special notification measures for programmed pesticide use in outdoor 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 Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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, the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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, the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time of application. If this is not possible, the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, they will be required to inform the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation’s Management of any intention to apply pesticides. The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 Sport and Recreation Officer who 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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation 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 the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation Administration Office during business hours. Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen NSW 2101
  • Placing a copy of the plan on sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/Sydneyacademy
  • Placing a notice in the Manly Daily.

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