Weed invasion threatens the biodiversity of our conservation reserves and affects the function, community use and amenity of our public spaces.
The City uses an integrated approach to weed and pest management. This means when chemical-free weed controls are not effective or feasible, the City selectively uses herbicides and pesticides.
Seasonal weed control notification
Seasonal weed control using Glyphosate spraying will be conducted from February 2023 to the end of June 2023 (weather permitting) as follows:
- Glyphosate will be applied to road kerbs and traffic islands throughout the City, in accordance with label directions and best practice from the Western Australian Department of Health.
- Application will cease in wet or windy conditions and nozzle protection shrouds will be used to minimise spray drift.
- Weed spraying vehicles will have clear signage showing ‘Slow Moving Vehicle, Spraying in Progress’ and display the Contractor’s name.
Residents who wish to exempt glyphosate spraying adjacent to their property can have their name and property address recorded on the non-spraying list, by registering on the City’s website www.stirling.wa.gov.au/pestsandweeds.
Weed control using steam will be continuous through the year.
Steam spraying will be used on the road reserve next to sensitive areas (in front of schools, shops, parks, aged care, preschool centres), footpaths, laneways and public pedestrian accessways.
The City has recommended a program to phase out glyphosate within the road reserve, making incremental shifts to steam over the next three years.
Broadleaf weed control notification
To keep the City’s parks and sports fields free from weeds, the City will be applying broadleaf herbicides from late June to late September 2022.
- Herbicides will be applied in accordance with label directions and best practice from the Western Australian Department of Health
- Application will cease in wet or windy conditions
- Weed spraying vehicles will have clear signage showing which chemical is being applied. Signage will also be positioned around the area while spraying is in progress.
Residents who wish to be notified of scheduled spraying in nearby parks, reserves and natural areas, can subscribe to the City’s pesticide notification register below.
The City can provide assistance when pests such as vermin, flies, mosquitoes and European wasps are reported on public property.
Common pests in the City’s parks, reserves and beaches include rabbits, foxes and feral cats. The City conducts rabbit baiting and fox trapping each summer in an attempt to control population numbers and to reduce the impact on natural ecosystems.