Holly Shiach, Byron Bay
Sujay Piper is right to question the health impacts of spray drift around golf courses. Golf courses often use a myriad of pesticides including fungicides, algaecides and herbicides.
Some courses are known to apply 2,4-D (a possible carcinogen linked to Parkinson’s disease), and others that are suspected endocrine disruptors, onto fairways when people are playing.
Spray drift is a concern for players, communities near golf courses and wildlife, both terrestrial and marine.
Clubs should disclose chemical use and spray rosters to interested members of the community.
The UK has its first organic 18-hole golf course at New Malton Golf Club, which is entirely chemical-free and sustainably managed. Could Byron Shire’s golf courses be Australia’s first?
It would be great for visitation numbers and a perfect match for the Byron Naturally brand. Can our local clubs lead the way with Australia’s first organic/pesticide-free golfing greens for the good of the community, the environment and to further build Byron’s organic credentials?