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So here we go again, every year we get sprayed.

At either end of Tallow Beach the bitou thrives. Why? Because it is part of the national park.

We in the middle are still being sprayed, which happened just two weeks ago. There is no escaping aerial spraying; a notice on the ground is not going to help.

The Pesticides Regulations of 1995 is now 18 years old; it’s time for a change. Yes, it may well kill off the vegetation, but what about us and the high incidence of cancer in our community?

Metsulfuron-methyl is toxic to humans and animals. It can penetrate the eyes and skin. This chemical does not discriminate. It is high time this chemical spraying was overruled and updated.

Only last week in a Sydney newspaper people were complaining of their gardens dying from – guess what – yes, metsulfuron-methyl.

DuPont Australia, which makes this toxic concoction, has denied they are at fault and after pulling out all their guns blazing in court, what hope has the little guy got? Of course the case was dropped.

We in Australia have a lot to learn. Please, Byron Council, do your homework; there has got to be a safer way to kill bitou bush.



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