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February 25, 2021

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Can Byron Shire Council explain why they are still using a glyphosate formulation, Weedmaster Duo, in Bangalow parks when organic herbicides are available even from Bunnings?

While children and pets played in the park off Deacon Street on Thursday, and a tai chi class was in swing, two staff walked among the vegetation hosing as they went.

A nice, light wind carried the drift and all else, I assume, will be absorbed not just by weeds, but by wildlife, and run into the waterway.

Not good enough, especially when Council has spoken about steam weeding before.

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  1. Load of codswallop! Facebook science has a lot to answer for!

    They would be using such a formulation because they’re not stupid, they are professionals. They are using it because it’s approved by all relevant local, state & federal authorities; because they’re using it in accordance with the label; because it’s safe & effective; & because the #2 threat to biodiversity behind clearing is invasive species which the community expects someone else to control in high value conservation areas & on public land.
    Unless the kids were drinking the stuff or rolling naked on the sprayed weeds while they were still wet there’s absolutely nothing to worry about….except the exhaust fumes from vehicles passing nearby. The reason they’re not steam weeding it that it’s ineffective & cumbersome & totally useless for any areas away from footpaths & manicured surfaces.


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