Weed Control in the City

Kerbs, footpaths and median islands

The City sprays weeds on kerb lines, footpaths and median islands twice a year usually from May until the end of June, and then again from the start of November for up to six weeks

The City advertises in the Cockburn Gazette one month to six weeks prior to spraying the kerbs with the organic herbicide, which gives people the opportunity to put themselves on the not spray register for their own property

The contractor marks the kerb directly outside the property in yellow and does not spray directly outside that property between the yellow arrows placed.

Do not spray register

I don’t want my area sprayed – what can I do?

If you don’t want the kerb or footpath near your property treated, please register your name and address on our ‘Do Not Spray Register’ by emailing or by contacting Customer Serivce on 9411 3444. 

What weed killer will be used?

The City minimises chemical use where possible and does not use glyphosate on roads.

The City is currently trialling Fascinate 280 and Slasher Weedkiller as an alternative to Glyphosate 360 for the current kerbs, footpaths and medians.

Use of herbicides in the City

The City ensures the safe use of herbicides is an integral part of weed management practices for staff and residents.

Weed management is undertaken in parks, streetscapes, natural areas and on roads.

While glyphosate is the most commonly applied herbicide in the City, alternative methods including steam and organic products based on acetic acid are currently being trialled. The City minimises herbicide use where possible and does not use glyphosate on roads.

Weeds on roads and footpaths are controlled using an organic herbicide with an active ingredient which is a plant based acid.

Roundup Bioactive 360 – is the herbicide used in aquatic areas and wetlands within the City because it has been approved for use in these environments by the APVMA.

We are limited in relation to other effective methods of weed control that can be undertaken economically in natural areas. If weeds are left unchecked they out-compete native species and destroy habitat for wildlife.

The City does not spray herbicide to verges.


Glyphosate with its current constituents is considered safe, subject to compliance with the manufacturer’s safety guidelines for application, storage and cartage. Glyphosate has been approved for use by the Federal Department of Health’s Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

The City uses low pressure spray units where possible.

Signage is installed as per the Department of Health Guidelines when chemicals are being applied. In large grassed areas, contractors display signs, use flashing beacons and use a foam residue marker to show where spraying has occurred.

The contractor spraying the kerb drives until he spots a weed and sprays directly on to the weed. They do not spray if people are in the vicinity.

All City officers are required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and are restricted to spraying on days when conditions are favourable Favourable conditions relate to wind direction, wind speed and weather.‚Äč

International and Australian considerations of glyphosate

The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Mediciines Authority (APVMA) has indicated that glyphosate is a registered pesticide and it has been deemed safe to use as per the manufacturers instructions on the label.

The APVMA concluded that glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans and that products containing glyphosate are safe to use as per the label instructions. It has not made any change to this stance since the release of the assessment outcomes on 23 March 2017.

APVMA undertook a detailed assessment of the human health risks associated with glyphosates in late 2016, following concerns raised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

For more information on APVMA's stance visit The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority opens in a new window website.

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
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