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Pesticide use Notification Plan - Lake Ainsworth

1. Introduction

This pesticide use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009.

The Plan sets out how Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to places that it owns or controls. The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides. Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will ensure that pesticides are applied to all areas and places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community or the environment. The Plan describes:

  • What areas within Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre are covered by the Plan
  • Who regularly uses these areas and an estimate of the level of use
  • How the Office of Sport will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in these areas (ie. what notification arrangements will be used)
  • How the community can access this Plan and get more information about notification arrangements
  • How future reviews of the notification Plan will be conducted
  • Contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this plan with the Office of Sport and the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre.

Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre and the Office of Sport use pesticides in public places only when necessary to eliminate noxious weeds and broad leaf weeds to protect the Office of Sport's property from pest damage and protect the users of the Office of Sport's facilities from nuisance or danger.

The majority of pesticide use consists of applying herbicides for weed control and applying insecticides to manage insect pests. The frequency of programmed application ranges from four to six times per year for sports fields, two to five times per year for gardens and other ground areas. Termite and ant control measures are implemented to protect structures and public safety wherever this is considered an effective solution. Other pesticides used include fungicides and rodenticides. For more information, contact us

2. Public places covered by this plan

Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation is situated on the northern end of Pacific Parade, Lennox Head, in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and occupies 100 hectares. LakeAinsworth Sport and Recreation Centre and the Office of Sport propose to use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor areas that are contained within the boundaries of the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre:

  • public gardens
  • playgrounds
  • picnic areas
  • high ropes and abseiling areas
  • sporting fields, ovals and related facilities
  • public land owned or controlled by the Office of Sport including:
  • road verges and reserves
  • laneways and pathways
  • road, utility or other easements accessible to the public
  • drains and fence lines.

In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notice of pesticide use will include all the following information:

  • The full product name of the pesticide to be used
  • The purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated
  • The place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number or email address of the Sport and Recreation officer whom people can contact to discuss the notice
  •  Any warnings regarding re–entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)* permit.

Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre’s estimate of the level of community use, regular user groups and types of pesticide use in each of these categories of public places is summarised in the following table.

* The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the national government body responsible for assessing and registering (or otherwise approving) all pesticide products in Australia and for their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale.

Location

Regular user groups

Frequency

Type of pesticide

gardens and parks

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly people
  • Recreational users

Very high (frequently used by multiple users, with short to medium length stays)

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides, ant control.

Playgrounds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control.

Picnic areas

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides, ant control.

High ropes and abseiling

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Spray ant control
  • Bait ant control.

Sporting fields, ovals and related sporting facilities

  • Sporting clubs and associations
  • School sports groups
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Broadscale selective herbicides
  • Spray or bait termiticides on facilities
  • Rodenticides within facilities.

Road verges and reserves

  • Local residents
  • Clients or visitors walking or driving on the road.

Low for rural areas

 

Medium to high for urban areas

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Laneways and pathways

  • Locals residents
  • Clients or visitors.

Medium to high for urban areas

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Easements accessible to the public (eg. road, utility)

  • Local residents

Low to medium

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Drains and fence lines

  • Local residents
  • Clients for visitors walking or driving on the road past a drain

Low to medium

  • Spot herbicides
  • Broadscale  selective herbicides.

Kitchen and dining room facilities

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control

Administration offices

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control

Units and lodges

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Toilet and shower blocks

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Stadium and Lakeside Teaching Rooms

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families
  • Other social groups.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Staff residences

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Families.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.
  • Spray spider control.

Archery and other shelters

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Boat and bike storage sheds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Workshop areas and compounds

  • Staff.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Interiors of buildings

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Staff.

High

  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait rodenticides
  • Spray spider control
  • Bait termiticides
  • Bait ant control.

Swimming pool buildings and grounds

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users.

High

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait termiticides on facilities
  • Rodenticides within facilities
  • Spray spider control.

 

3. Notification arrangements

This section of the Plan describes how and when Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will provide notice of pesticide use, including special measures for sensitive places that are adjacent to public places, arrangements for emergency pesticide applications and circumstances where notice will not be given.

These notification requirements are based on the Office of Sport and Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre’s assessment of:

  • The level of usage of public places where pesticides may be used
  • The extent to which members of the public who are most likely to be sensitive to pesticides (eg. young children, pregnant women and elderly people) are likely to use these areas regularly.
  • The extent to which activities generally undertaken  in these areas could lead to some direct contact with pesticides such as in picnic areas where food is consumed and sporting or in other recreational activities that result in contact with the ground.
  • The type of pesticide used.

Notice of pesticide use will be provided by a combination of:

  • Signs
  • Information on the Sport and Recreation website (which will describe programmed, reactive and emergency pesticide use in Sport and Recreation areas)
  • Letters
  • Fax, email and phone contact
  • Local papers.

Sport and Recreation uses small quantities of some pesticides that are widely available in retail outlets and ordinarily used for domestic purposes (including home gardening). The Office of Sport does not intend to provide notice for such pesticide applications other than by way of this description in this Plan (or general information on the Sport and Recreation website). This will apply to minor control of indoor and outdoor insect pests using baits or aerosol spray cans and spot weed control using a wand or hand–held spray bottle or knapsack sprayer.

4. How and when notice of pesticide use will be provided

4.1  Outdoor recreation areas

The notification arrangements described above will apply to the following categories of facilities owned or controlled by the Office of Sport and Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre

  • parks and gardens
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Sporting fields, ovals and related facilities.

In these areas, signs will be provided to clients and the general community near the application area or the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application  and remain 48 hours after application for the following pesticide uses:

  • Broadscale selective herbicides
  • Broadscale non–selective herbicides
  • Broadscale insecticides
  • Spray spider control.

4.2 Special measures for sensitive places

Where any of the above pesticides are used adjacent to a sensitive place, special measures for sensitive places are required. The occupiers will be provided with 48 hours prior targeted notice by phone, mail or letter drop (or by an established local arrangement).

Clause 18 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 defines a sensitive place to be any:

  • School or Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Childcare centre
  • Hospital
  • Community health centre
  • Nursing home
  • Place declared to be a sensitive place by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Information will be available to the general public on the Sport and Recreation website about the forward program for the above applications (updated every three months) and on the following pesticide uses in outdoor recreation areas:

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control.

4.3 Outdoor public land owned or controlled by the Office of Sport

Outdoor public land owned or controlled by the Office of Sport including:

  • Road verges and reserves
  • Laneways and pathways
  • Road, rail, utility or other easements accessible to the public
  • Drains and fence lines.

In these areas, information on the forward program for broadscale herbicide use will be posted on the Sport and Recreation website every three months.

A letter drop of the adjacent properties will occur 48 hours before the expected date or dates of broadscale herbicide application for the above pesticides uses.

For broadscale herbicide applications in the aforementioned areas, signs will be used to inform site users of the proposed application. Signs will be erected near the application area or at the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours after application.

Where programmed spot herbicides applications occur on outdoor public thoroughfares and the above easements, adjacent to sensitive places, and / or for parties who register interest with Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre / the Office of Sport, prior notice by e-mail, telephone, mail or letter drop will be provided at least 48 hours beforehand.

Notice will NOT be given where occupiers of properties adjacent to Agency areas use pesticides on parts of these places near their properties.

Special notification measures for programmed pesticide use in outdoor Departmental places adjacent to sensitive places of each category of public place have already been noted.

For non-emergency reactive pesticide use in outdoor public places next to sensitive places, the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will provide concurrent notice shortly before use to the occupier by phone, door – knock or letter drop, depending upon what is most practicable.

If a pesticide must be used to deal with an emergency in an outdoor public places in public place that is adjacent to a sensitive place, the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will organise a door–knock in that sensitive place,

preferably at least 30 minutes before, so people are aware that a pesticide is about to be used to deal with a dangerous pest infestation.

5. Emergency pesticide application

In cases where emergency pesticide application in a public place is required to deal with biting or dangerous pests such as wasps, bees, venomous spiders, fleas, bird mites or rodents (that pose an immediate health hazard), or where immediate action is required to protect assets from serious damage, Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time of application. If this is not possible, the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will provide information via the Sport and Recreation website or by request to the person applying the pesticide.

6. Pesticide contractors and lessees of agency land

Where Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre uses contractors to apply pesticides on its behalf, the Centre will ensure that notification is made in accordance with the notification requirements of this Plan.

Where persons or organisations hold an existing lease within Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre, they will be required to inform Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre Management of any request to apply pesticides. Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre will arrange and coordinate any pesticide application on the site in accordance with the requirements of this plan.

The information that will be provided in the Plan will be: In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notices of pesticide use must include all the following information:

  • The full product name of the pesticide to be used
  • The purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated
  • Place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number and email address of the Sport and Recreation officer whom people can contact to discuss the notice
  • Any warnings regarding re–entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) permit.

Signs will be of a standardised design that will be easily recognisable to the public and workers.

As already noted, the Sport and Recreation website will have a dedicated area that describes the programmed, reactive and if practicable, emergency pesticide use in Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation with a link to this plan. The relevant website address will be publicised in local papers, when this medium is used for notification.

7. How the community will be informed of this Plan

The Office of Sport will advise residents of this plan and its contents by:

  • Making a copy of the Plan available for viewing, free of charge, at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre Administration office, Northern end Pacific Parade, Lennox Head NSW 2478 during business hours
  • Placing a copy of the Plan on sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/lakeainsworth
  • Placing a notice in the Northern Star.

8. Future reviews of the Plan

The Notification Plan will be reviewed every three years or when circumstances require a review of the Plan. The review will include:

  • A report on progress of implementing the Plan
  • Public consultation on the notification methods outlined in the Plan will be addressed by placing the Plan on public exhibition, with any proposed changes and calling for public submissions
  • In light of public submissions, making recommendations for alterations (if applicable) to the Plan.

9. Contact details

To discuss this Plan or to obtain details of pesticide applications in public places, contact us