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Pesticide use Notification Plan - Sydney International Shooting Centre

1. Introduction

This pesticide use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009.

The plan sets out how the Sydney International Shooting Centre will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made on public places that it manages or controls. The Sydney International Shooting Centre will ensure that pesticides are applied to areas and places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community and the environment.

The Plan describes:

  • What areas within Sydney International Shooting Centre are covered by the plan
  • Who regularly uses these areas and an estimate of the level of use
  • How the Sydney International Shooting Centre and Sport and Recreation will provide the community with information about pesticide applications in these areas (ie. what notification arrangements will be used)
  • How the community can access this Plan and get more information about Sport and Recreation’s notification arrangements
  • How future reviews of the Notification Plan will be conducted
  • Contact details for anyone wishing to discuss this Plan with the Sydney International Shooting Centre / Sport and Recreation.

2. Public places covered by this plan

Sydney International Shooting Centre is a 78ha site at Cecil Park on land vested in the Western Sydney Parklands.

Sport and Recreation proposes to use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor public places that it owns or controls in the area known as the Sydney International Shooting Centre (Sydney International Shooting Centre) (off Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park NSW 2171):

  • Sporting fields and ovals (clay target ranges)
  • Public land owned or controlled by Sport and Recreation including:
    • road verges and reserves
    • laneways and pathways
    • road, rail, utility or other easements accessible to the public
    • drains
    • other sporting facilities (internal shooting ranges).

The Sydney International Shooting Centre’s estimate of the level of community use, regular user groups and types of pesticide use in each of these categories of public places is summarised in the following table.

Public places

Regular user groups

Level of use of public place

Type of pesticide use

Sporting fields and ovals (clay target ranges)

  • Members of Cecil Park Clay Target Club
  • Members of other Clay Target Shooting Clubs
  • Visitors
  • Social groups (eg. corporate days or bucks events)
  • Staff and contractors

High

  • Broadscale non selective herbicide (Round-Up)
  • Rodenticides near facilities (Flick)

Road verges and reserves

(Cumberland Plain Woodland)

  • Staff and contractors

Nil

  • Nil

Laneways and pathways

  • Visitors
  • Club members
  • Staff and contractors

Low

  • Broadscale non selective herbicide (Round-Up)

Road, rail, utility or other easements

  • Staff and contractors
  • All users of, and visitors to, the site

High

  • Nil

Drains

  • Visitors
  • Club members
  • Staff and contractors

Low

  • Broadscale non selective herbicide (Round-Up)

Other sporting facilities (internal shooting ranges

  • Members of residents clubs
  • Members of other Target Shooting Clubs
  • Visitors
  • Social groups (eg. corporate days or bucks events)
  • Staff and contractors.

High

  • Broadscale non selective herbicide (Round-Up)
  • Rodenticides (Flick)
  • Broadscale insecticides (Flick)
  • Spray termiticides
  • Bait termiticides
  • Spray ant control

 

3. Notification arrangements

This section of the plan describes how and when the Sydney International Shooting Centre will provide notice of pesticide use in public places, including special measures for sensitive places that are adjacentto public places, arrangements for emergency pesticide applications and circumstances where notice will not be given.

These notification requirements are based on the Sydney International Shooting Centre’s and Sport and Recreation’s assessment of:

  • the level of usage of public places where pesticides may be used
  • the extent to which members of the public who are most likely to be sensitive to pesticides (eg. young children, pregnant women and elderly people) are likely to use these areas regularly
  • the extent to which activities generally undertaken in these areas could lead to some direct contact with pesticides such as in picnic areas where food is consumed and in sporting or other recreational activities that result in contact with the ground
  • the type of pesticide used.

Notice of pesticide use will be provided by a combination of:

  • Signs
  • Information on the  Sydney International Shooting Centre website (which will describe programmed, reactive and emergency pesticide use in Agency areas)
  • Letters
  • Fax, email and phone contact and
  • Local papers.

Sydney International Shooting Centre and Sport and Recreation will also allow persons and organisations to nominate to have their details placed on a central register which would allow them to be notified of certain types of pesticide uses in particular places, as described in this section of the plan.

In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notice of pesticides uses will include the following information:

  • the full product name of the pesticide to be used, and
  • the purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated, and
  • the proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use, and
  • the places where the pesticide is to be used, and
  • contact telephone number and email address of a Sydney International Shooting Centre officer whom people can contact to discuss the notice, and
  • any warnings regarding re-entry to or use of the place, if specified on the pesticide product label or the APVMA* permit.

Signs will be of a standardised design that will be easily recognisable to the public and workers.

The Sydney International Shooting Centre’s website will have a dedicated area that describes its programmed, reactive and, if practicable, emergency pesticide use in public places with a link to this notification plan.

Sport and Recreation uses small quantities of some pesticides that are widely available in retail outlets and ordinarily used for domestic purposes (including home gardening). Sport and Recreation does not intend to provide notice for such pesticide applications other than by way of this description in this plan (or general information on the Sydney International Shooting Centre website). This will also apply to minor control of outdoor insect pests using baits or aerosol spray cans and spot weed control using a wand or hand–held spray bottle or knapsack sprayer.

* The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the national government body responsible for assessing and registering (or otherwise approving) all pesticide products in Australia and for their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale.

4. How and when notice of pesticide use will be provided

4.1  Outdoor recreation areas

The notification arrangements described below will apply to the following categories of facilities at the Sydney International Shooting Centre

  • High profile grass and garden areas in close proximity to building and general amenities
  • Areas of rough grassland within the Sydney International Shooting Centre boundary generally in accessible to the public. Road verges and reserves
  • Laneways and pathways and other easements accessible to the public
  • Drains and fence lines
  • Road verges and reserves

In these areas, signs will be erected to advertise the proposed application and to inform clients and the general community near the application area or the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours after application for the following pesticide uses:

  • Broadscale non–selective herbicides
  • Spray for spiders and ant control.

Information on the programmed and reactive spot use of herbicide will be posted on the Sydney International Shooting Centre website every three months. Where programmed spot herbicides applications occur on outdoor public thoroughfares and the above easements, adjacent to sensitive places, prior notice by mail or letter drop will be provided at least five days beforehand.

4.2 Special measures for sensitive places

Special notification measures for programmed pesticide use in outdoor places adjacent to sensitive places of each category of public place have already been noted.

For non–emergency reactive pesticide use in outdoor public places next to sensitive places, the Sydney International Shooting Centre will provide concurrent notice shortly before use to the occupier by phone, door–knock or letter drop, depending upon what is most practicable.

If a pesticide must be used to deal with an emergency in an outdoor public place that is adjacent to a sensitive place, the Sydney International Shooting Centre will organise a door–knock in that sensitive place, preferably at least 30 minutes before, so people are aware that a pesticide is about to be used to deal with a dangerous pest infestation.

5. Emergency pesticide application

In cases where emergency pesticide application in a public place is required to deal with biting or dangerous pests such as wasps, bees, venomous spiders, fleas, bird mites or rodents (that pose an immediate health hazard), the Sydney International Shooting Centre will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time of application. If this is not possible, the Sydney International Shooting Centre will provide information via the Sydney International Shooting Centre website or by request to the person applying the pesticide.

6. Pesticide contractors and lessees of agency land

Where the Sydney International Shooting Centre uses contractors to apply pesticides on its behalf, the venue will ensure that notification is made in accordance with the notification requirements of this plan.

Where persons or organisations hold an existing lease within the Sydney International Shooting Centre that remains a public place and if they use pesticides in this area, the Sydney International Shooting Centre will still require notification in accordance with the requirements of this plan.

In accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009, notices of pesticide use must include all the following information:

  • The full product name of the pesticide to be used
  • The purpose of the use, clearly setting out what pest or pests are being treated
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number and email address for a Sport and Recreation Officer who people can contact to discuss the notice
  • Any warnings regarding re–entry to or use of the place of application specified on the product label or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) permit.

Signs will be of a standardised design that will be easily recognisable to the public and workers.

As already noted, the Sydney International Shooting Centre website will have a dedicated area that describes its programmed, reactive and ifpracticable, emergency pesticide use in the venue with a link to this plan. The relevant website address may be publicised in local papers.

7. How the community will be informed of this Plan

The Sydney International Shooting Centre will advise residents of this Plan and its contents by:

  • Making a copy of the Plan available for viewing, free of charge, at the venue administration office situated on Level 3, Sydney International Shooting Centre, Lot 1, Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park NSW 2171;
  • Placing a copy of the plan on shootingcentre.nsw.gov.au;
  • Placing a notice in the Liverpool Champion newspaper;
  • Displaying the information on a visual display board;
  • Placing a notice in the Sydney International Shooting Centre quarterly newsletter.

8. Future reviews of the Plan

The Notification Plan will be reviewed every three years or when circumstances require a review of the plan. The review will include:

  • A report on progress of implementing the Plan 
  • Public consultation on the notification methods outlined  in the Plan will be addressed by placing the Plan on publicexhibition, with any proposed changes and calling for public submissions
  • In light of public submissions, making recommendations for alterations (if applicable) to the Plan.

9. Contact details

For more information, contact us