Botanic Park Closed for Weed Spraying, Council Trials Organic Spray
Friday, 5 June, 2020 - 15:15
Mansfield Botanic Park will be closed from 8.30am on Tuesday, 9 June to allow for broad leaf weed treatment.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said the spraying is part of Council’s year-round weed management program which is using more organic products.
“The product used for broad leaf weeds is Kamba M, which we have been advised is one of the safest to use in public settings. Glyphosate is not a constituent of this product,” Cr Attley said.
“Council is also trialling new organic products to reduce all chemical treatments where possible, by exploring best horticultural and environmentally friendly practices,” she said.
“Our Parks and Gardens team is currently trialling an organic herbicide (Slasher) as an alternative to glyphosate products and reviewing maintenance practices to proactively reduce the use of glyphosate in the environment,” Cr Attley said.
“We understand that the Mansfield community values the environment very highly and our teams are constantly investigating how they reduce environmental impacts to protect the health of the community and the planet,” she said.
Cr Attley said Slasher is a non-selective herbicide, which contains nonanoic acids derived from plant oils.
“The cost of organic products will be considered along with the effectiveness of any organic weed control and application requirements. Our team is currently gathering this information through the trials it is undertaking,” she said.
The cost of the broadleaf spraying program this year is $5,950.
Cr Attley said Botanic Park will re-open two hours after the completion of the broad leaf weed spraying (weather permitting).
“Council is mindful that residents use Botanic Park for dog walking and exercising early in the morning, so we have scheduled contractors to commence works taking this into consideration.”
Signage will be removed to indicate that the park has reopened.