Bass Coast,

Council to pilot new herbicide

Bass Coast Shire Council will support a pilot program for the use of Bioweed as an alternative to glyphosate based products in a number of locations across the municipality.

A community petition received in September this year requested that Council consider alternative methods of weed control around schools, playgrounds and childcare centres.

Bioweed is a plant derived product that dehydrates weeds, rather than poison them.

Council voted unanimously at the November Ordinary Meeting to trial Bioweed at Council maintained playgrounds, as well as any Council managed land abutting schools and childcare facilities.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said while the debate and science surrounding glyphosate will continue, Council could use this simple change of product to respond to community concerns.

“A number of other councils have already made the change to move away from glyphosate in certain locations, and now we have committed to a pilot program around places our children play,” Cr Rothfield said.

Council will receive a report at the February Ordinary Council Meeting in 2018 detailing results of the program after 12 months of implementation.