Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy

Integrated Pest Management Strategy

Our Integrated Pest Management Strategy 2019-2029 was adopted at 20 February 2020 Council meeting.

The Strategy provides Council with the practical framework to implement the Policy. It aligns with Council’s statutory obligations and community needs by carefully considering all available pest control techniques. It integrates appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations while maintaining pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimise risks to human health and the environment. 

The Strategy establishes local priorities for pest species and areas to be managed and includes an action plan outlining time frames for implementation. 

Our Strategy aligns with the North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan and the North Coast Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan. These plans set the visions and goals for weed and pest animal management on the north coast including Byron Shire and outlines strategies and actions to achieve outcomes based on principles of shared responsibility, sustainable landscapes, collaborative leadership and innovation. 

Integrated Pest Management Policy

On the 24 August 2018, Council resolved (18-565) to adopt the Integrated Pest Management Policy to help guide the development of the Integrated Pest Management Strategy to achieve optimal outcomes for the responsible use of pesticides on Council lands.

The Policy was informed by insights and experience gained from five years of Council aspiring to cease and or minimise the use of pesticides to manage pests.  A review of this period revealed some challenges. A key challenge was balancing relative environmental costs and benefits of complete pesticide cessation against Council’s obligations to public and operator safety, biosecurity risks, the maintenance of infrastructure and financial responsibility. 

The Policy provides for the control of pests on Council-managed land through an Integrated Pest Management approach that uses a range of appropriate prevention and control methods while minimising the use of pesticides on a continuous improvement basis. 

What is a pest?

The Biosecurity Act 2015, defines a pest as: a species, strain or biotype of a plant or animal, or a disease agent, that has the potential to cause, either directly or indirectly, harm to (a) human, animal or plant health or (b) the environment. 

What is a pesticide?

The Pesticides Act 1999, defines pesticide as: an agricultural chemical product as defined by the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994. Definition of pesticides covers, bactericides baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents. Pesticides are used in commercial, domestic, urban and rural environments.