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Pesticides and Chemicals

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) regulates the use of chemicals and pesticides in New South Wales to reduce exposure and minimise impacts on the environment including plants, animals and people. This involves developing and enforcing chemical control and pesticide use laws, including regulating remediation technologies for treating chemical and pesticide wastes and controlling major industrial spills and other hazardous incidents. The Department of Environment and Heritage also provides information and advice on management of chemicals and pesticides.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (external link) website contains material and links for industry and households on:

  • national chemicals management
  • safe use, management and disposal
  • minimising environmental impacts
  • managing chemical and pesticide wastes
  • cleaning up contaminated land
  • legislation governing pesticide use
  • record keeping, training and notification requirements
  • pesticide control orders governing the use of restricted chemical products.
  • appropriate management of pesticides

Please contact the Department of Environment and Heritage pollution reporting and environment information hotline on (1300 555) if you are concerned about the use and management of pesticides within NSW.

Many everyday household products and materials contain a diverse range of chemicals, including some which pose a threat to health and the environment. Domestic products containing chemicals include paints; cleaning agents, such as detergents; varnishes; cosmetics; weed killers; insecticides; baits; and wood, pool and pet treatments. Visit the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage website for useful information regarding household use and disposal (external link) of chemicals.

Please see the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage for further information in regards to the Pesticides Act 1999 (external link) , including information on Aerial Spraying (external link).

Pesticide Notification Plan

This pesticide use notification plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 and sets out how Tweed Shire Council will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to outdoor public places that it owns or controls. Please see the sidebar for Council's Pesticide Notification Plan document.

Pesticides include a range of substances used to destroy, suppress or alter the life cycle of any pest. These can include herbicides, insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, rodenticides, baits and lures. The NSW Department of Environment and Heritage provides more detail in their fact sheet ‘What are pesticides and how do they work?’ which can be sourced at (external link).

How and when notice of pesticide use will be provided

Generally, notice of pesticide use will be provided in the ways described below:

  1. For spot and directed applications of pesticide during regular maintenance, no prior notification will be provided. Notification is provided through this plan, and a statement on Council's website.

    Spot application of pesticides is using a backpack or hand held applicator (eg spray can) delivering a low volume in a restricted area. Examples include control of grass around infrastructure such as signs, footpaths, rock walls and garden beds, and control of insect nests such as wasps. This may be part of a regular maintenance program, or unplanned reactive situations.

    Directed Application of pesticides is using a mechanical pump and hand held or automated nozzle delivering single sprays, generally in a linear pattern and targeting a restricted area of weeds. Examples are spraying kerbs, gutters and median strips, or steep slopes and other difficult to access areas.

  2. Prior notification will be provided on this website for scheduled broadscale applications of pesticides, and other applications as described in the Pesticide Notification Plan.

    Broadscale application of pesticides is considered to involve boom sprays, aerial sprays and other methods delivering high volumes over a wide area.
Please Note: There are no planned Broadscale Pesticide Applications requiring notification on our web site.
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