Review of Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy

Council is reviewing the Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy.


The review aims to:

  • ensure the Strategy continues to align with current national, state and local government policy guidelines.
  • assess Darebin’s current weed management practices
  • provide a guideline on future best practice on effective weed management, which will cover:
    • reducing the use of all herbicides and eventual phasing out of glyphosate
    • increasing biodiversity values e.g. the connections of plants and animals
    • improving the appearance and functionality of public green spaces e.g. parklands, sporting fields, pavements.

Background

In 2008 Council developed the Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy to address the threat of weeds to our environment and living quality. The key themes were to minimise the extent of existing weeds, and prevent the spread of new weeds into our municipality.

Weeds have a major impact on environmental, economic and social values of society, they pose a threat to the Australian landscape. Conservation reserves, waterways, sports fields and open space areas are constantly challenged with existing and new emerging weeds.

Addressing these threats requires a strategic and coordinated response. Landholders, community groups, industry and government all have a role and this requires a collaborative approach. Importantly the residents of Darebin also have a role to play, as landholders and the as the community we represent your input' to weed management within municipality is crucial in how we address the threat of weeds.


What’s next?

Thank you for your feedback Council is now working on the first draft Strategy. Once completed the first draft shall be available for feedback. In the interim if you have any questions please ask below.


Council is reviewing the Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy.


The review aims to:

  • ensure the Strategy continues to align with current national, state and local government policy guidelines.
  • assess Darebin’s current weed management practices
  • provide a guideline on future best practice on effective weed management, which will cover:
    • reducing the use of all herbicides and eventual phasing out of glyphosate
    • increasing biodiversity values e.g. the connections of plants and animals
    • improving the appearance and functionality of public green spaces e.g. parklands, sporting fields, pavements.

Background

In 2008 Council developed the Darebin Integrated Weed Management Strategy to address the threat of weeds to our environment and living quality. The key themes were to minimise the extent of existing weeds, and prevent the spread of new weeds into our municipality.

Weeds have a major impact on environmental, economic and social values of society, they pose a threat to the Australian landscape. Conservation reserves, waterways, sports fields and open space areas are constantly challenged with existing and new emerging weeds.

Addressing these threats requires a strategic and coordinated response. Landholders, community groups, industry and government all have a role and this requires a collaborative approach. Importantly the residents of Darebin also have a role to play, as landholders and the as the community we represent your input' to weed management within municipality is crucial in how we address the threat of weeds.


What’s next?

Thank you for your feedback Council is now working on the first draft Strategy. Once completed the first draft shall be available for feedback. In the interim if you have any questions please ask below.


Ask your questions here

  • What are the reasons for Darebin Council having continued to use Roundup in the face of the critical press this chemical has received for many years? It is not just the concerns about human health but also the alleged threat to bee populations world wide. I want to see this chemical banned from use in my municipality.

    Lena asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question Lena. Council acknowledges the critical need to seek alternative methods for weed eradication rather than the use of chemicals. As you are aware, Council is reviewing the use of chemicals as part of developing a Weed Management Strategy. One of the key intentions of the review of the Integrated Weed Management Strategy is to provide a guideline for best practice weed management, including minimising the use of all chemicals. The current Council and previous Councils have always looked to use non-chemical alternatives. Where this was, or is, not possible, Council implements all necessary requirements when applying any chemical in the municipality. Factors considered include the type of application, weather, temperature, wind, humidity and the appropriate equipment required by trained staff. It is intended that the Weed Management Strategy will identify further strategies to minimise the use of chemicals. I would strongly encourage you to come along to the public session next Thursday as we look to phase out the use of glyphosate. Regards, Luke