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No-spray and pesticide guidelines

Wednesday 16 November 2011

From Peter Evans, Convenor of the South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (via email):


Do Not SprayNo Spray and Pesticide Guidelines

In 2005 the South Australian Government's Inquiry into Multiple Chemical Sensitivity found that the herbicides used widely by local governments to control weeds are "causing and triggering the symptoms associated with MCS". The Inquiry recommended that No-Spray Registers be adopted by councils to help identify residents with MCS and chemical sensitivities generally.

After many years of negotiations, the Local Government Association of South Australia has finally approved two sets of guidelines for local councils on No-Spray Registers and reducing human exposure to pesticides. The No-Spray Register guidelines recommend prior notification of herbicide applications and a no-spray buffer zone for residents who are sensitive to herbicides. The guidelines on reducing human exposure to pesticides recommend physical methods of weed control such as brush-cutters and mowers.



Guidance for the establishment of No-Spray-Registers.pdf (PDF, 109KB)


Guidelines for local government on reducing pesticide exposure (PIRSA Biosecurity – Rural Chemicals – 2009) (PDF, 193KB)



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