This Pesticide Use Notification Plan (PUNP) has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2017 (the Regulation). The PUNP sets out how the Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to public places that it owns or controls.
The aim of this plan is to meet the community’s general right to know about pesticide applications made to outdoor public places that are owned or controlled by public authorities. The plan allows members of the community to act to avoid contact with pesticides, if they wish. The LHIB ensures that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community or the environment.
The plan sets out how the LHIB will notify members of the community of pesticide applications made by the LHIB to public places that it owns or controls.
The plan describes:
• what public places are covered by the plan;
• who regularly uses these public places and an estimate of the level of use;
• how and when the LHIB will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in public places (i.e. what notification arrangements will be used);
• how the community can access this plan and get more information about the LHIB’s notification arrangements;
• how future reviews of the plan will be conducted;
• contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this plan with the LHIB; and
• special protection measures that will be taken if the pesticide is proposed to be used adjacent to a sensitive place.
The LHIB uses pesticides in public places when necessary to eliminate weeds, insects/invertebrate and vertebrate pests, to protect public places and LHIB built and environmental assets from pest damage, protect and enhance the Islands World Heritage value and to protect the users of public places from nuisance and danger.
The majority of pesticides used by the LHIB consists of applying herbicides for weed control, insecticides for insect control, placing rodenticides in locked bait stations for a rodent incursion and applying fungicides to treat Phytophthora and Myrtle Rust.
LHIB pest and weed management programs aim to use best practice techniques; that is, methods that are target-specific, humane and cost-effective. This often requires an integration of a range of control methods.
Further information on the LHIB’s pesticide use can be obtained by calling the LHIB on 02 6563 2066 or visiting the LHIB website: www.lhib.nsw.gov.au