Pesticide Use Notification Plan

This Pesticide Use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 (the Regulation).

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 Maitland City Council.

The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides, if they wish. Council ensures that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and the environment. The plan sets out how Council will notify members of the community of pesticide applications made by Council to public places. The provisions of this plan will also apply to contractors engaged by Council where pesticide application is a component of the contract, as well as any other person or organisation applying pesticide to public land controlled by Council.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 Maitland City Council is responsible for the management of priority weeds on all land that is under its control. In order to meet this requirement, Council must manage priority weeds found in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. As a result Council currently holds an Environment Protection Licence (Licence No 10393) under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act). This licence authorises and regulates the application of herbicides to all waterbodies in the Maitland Local Government Area. The licence contains conditions which aim to minimise the environmental impacts of herbicide application, prevent water pollution and ensure the implementation of best practice weed management.

Under part 5.7A of the POEO Act, licensees are required to prepare a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan. These plans are designed to ensure that pollution incidents are minimised through the identification of risks and the development of planned actions to minimise and manage those risks, and to ensure that emergency response procedures are developed and implemented in the event that an incident occurs.