The Illawarra District Weeds Authority (IDWA) Weed Control Policy and Management Plan 2018-2023, associated species plans and the Pesticides Notifcation Plan 2018-2021 are now open for public comment. All residents are being invited to comment on the draft plans.
The IDWA Weed Control Policy and Management Plan and species plans have been developed in response to the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015. Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, government, industry and the community share the responsibility of, and are proactive in, responding to and managing biosecurity risks. Biosecurity risk must be prevented, eliminated or minimised as far as is reasonably practical. Under the Act anyone who deals with weeds has this General Biosecurity Duty (GBD). To assist the community to meet their requirements under The Act the IDWA has developed this plan and associated species plans as a guide to show how each priority weed needs to be managed.
The Pesticide Notification Plan must be reviewed in accordance with the Pesticides Regulation 2017. The draft Pesticide Notification Plan 2018 is substantially unchanged from the 2012 version except for the review period being changed from five years to three years and contact details being updated. The review period has been changed so that the IDWA can synchronise with its member Council’s Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama when they review their Pesticide Plans in 2021.
The Pesticide Notification Plan informs the public about the IDWA use of Pesticides in public places. Giving people notice about pesticide use lets them reduce their contact with pesticides, if they wish. Pesticides include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, fumigants, bactericides, rodenticides, baits, lures, repellents and pesticides used on animals to control external parasites.
These Plans provide the framework for dealing with weed biosecurity risk in the Illawarra and inform the public about strategic prioritisation in relation to weeds biosecurity risk within the IDWA area of jurisdiction.
Anyone wishing to comment on the draft Plans should send their comments to:
Chief Weeds Officer
Illawarra District Weeds Authority
PO Box 148 Kiama 2533
Phone : 02 42331129
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The draft plan is open for public comment until Friday 27th April 2018.