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Pesticide use Notification Plan - Regatta 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 Sydney International Regatta 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. Sydney International Regatta 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 Regatta Centre are covered by the plan
  • Who regularly uses these areas and an estimate of the level of use
  • How Sydney International Regatta 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 Sydney International Regatta Centre / Sport and Recreation.

Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sport and Recreation only use pesticides in public places when necessary to eliminate noxious weeds, broad leaf weeds and shoreline vegetation, to protect Sport and Recreation property from pest damage and protect the users of Sport and Recreation places from nuisance or danger.

The majority of pesticide use consists of applying herbicides  for terrestrial weed control. The frequency of programmed application ranges from twice per year for open grassland areas for the control of broad leaf weeds to 12 times per year for the control of annuals and shoreline grasses. Bait insecticides are used for ant control to protect structures and for public safety wherever this is considered an effective solution. Other pesticides are used to remove rodents (ie. rodenticides.)

For further information on Sydney International Regatta Centre’s pesticide use, email us or call (02) 4730 0000.

2. Public places covered by this plan

Situated on Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh (Penrith Lakes), Sydney International Regatta Centre is a significant venue in Western Sydney fora broad range of both terrestrial and aquatic-based sport,
recreational and social activities. Currently Sydney International Regatta Centre attracts approximately 600,000 visitors a year. Sydney International Regatta Centre occupies a total of178.4 hectares, of which 76ha are artificial lakes.

The island separating the Competition Lake and the Warm Up Lake comprises an area of 14.26 hectares and is the high profile area of the venue in both event and non-event mode. The remaining 88.14ha of the land mass consists of dryland grass planted with trees.

Both Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sport and Recreation propose to use or allow the use of pesticides in the following categories of outdoor public areas that are managed by Sydney International Regatta Centre and are contained within the boundaries of Sydney International Regatta Centre:

  • Irrigated high-profile grassland and garden areas in close proximity to buildings and general amenities
  • General grassland used for passive recreation and during events as car parking
  • Lake shoreline
  • Wind row area (between lines of shelter trees)
  • Rough grassland
  • Any other areas of land managed by Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sport and Recreation, including:
    • Land outside the defined physical boundaries of Sydney International Regatta Centre
    • Lanes, pathways and access points to and from the venue
    • Open surface drainage swales.

The information that will be provided in the Plan will be in accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides
Regulation 2009. Notice of pesticide use will 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/s are being treated
  • The place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number or email address of 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.

Sydney International Regatta Centre’s estimate of the level of community use, regular user groups and types of pesticides used in each of these categories of public places are summarised in the following table.

* 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.

Public places

Regular user groups

Level of use of public place

Type of pesticide use

Irrigated high­ profile grassland and garden areas in close proximity to buildings and general amenities

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • General recreational users
  • Event organisers and competitors
  • Staff and contractors

High to very high

  • Spot when required and blanket (two applications p.a.) selective herbicides
  • Fertiliser
  • Rodenticides used within the interior of buildings. No exterior use of rodenticides

General grassland

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Recreational users
  • Event organisers and competitors
  • Staff and contractors

Moderate

  • Spot when required and blanket (two applications p.a.) selective herbicides
  • Fertiliser

Wind row area between lines of shelter trees

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Recreational users
  • Staff and contractors

Low to moderate

  • Spot and blanket (two applications p.a.) selective herbicides
  • Fertilisers

Areas of grassland outside the defined physical boundaries

  • Staff and contractors

Very low

  • Spot and blanket applications (two applications p.a.) selective herbicides
  • No fertiliser application

Rough dry land grass

  • Staff and contractors

Nil

  • No pesticide application

3. Notification arrangements

This section of the Plan describes how and when Sydney International Regatta Centre will provide notice of pesticide use within the boundaries of the venue, including special measures for sensitive places that are adjacent to public places, arrangements for emergency
pesticide applications and circumstances where notice will not be given.

These notification requirements are based on Sydney International Regatta Centre 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 picnics, where food is consumed, and sporting or other recreational activities that result in contact with balls and the ground.
  • The type of pesticide used.

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

  • Signs
  • Information on Sydney International Regatta Centre’s website (which will describe programmed, reactive and emergency pesticide use)
  • Letters
  • Fax, email and telephone contacts
  • Advertisements in local papers.

Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sport and Recreation will allow persons and organisations to nominate to have their details placed on a central register. This would allow them to be notified of certain types of pesticide use in particular places, as described in this section of the 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 Sydney International Regatta 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 handheld spray bottle or knapsack sprayer.

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

4.1 Outdoor recreation areas

The notification arrangements described above will apply to the following Sydney International Regatta Centre categories of outdoor recreation areas managed by Sport and Recreation:

  • High profile grass and garden areas in close proximity to building and general amenities
  • General grassland areas used as car parking
  • Lake shoreline
  • Wind row areas between lines of shelter trees
  • Areas of rough grassland within Sydney International Regatta Centre’s boundary generally inaccessible to the public.

For these areas, signs will be used to inform site users of the proposed application. Signs will be erected near the application area or at the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours afterwards, for the following pesticide uses:

  • Broadscale selective herbicides
  • Broadscale non–selective herbicides
  • Fungicides (on relevant garden beds)
  • Spray for spiders and ant control.

4.2 Special measures for sensitive places

Where any of the above pesticides are used adjacent to a sensitive place, special measures for sensitive places
are required. The occupiers will be provided with 48 hours prior targeted notice by phone, mail or letter drop (or by an established local arrangement)

Clause 18 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 defines a sensitive place to be any:

  • School or preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Childcare centre
  • Hospital
  • Community health centre
  • Nursing home
  • Place declared to be a sensitive place by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Information will be available to the general public on the Sydney International Regatta Centre website about the forward program for the above applications (updated every three months) and on the following pesticide uses in outdoor recreation areas:

  • Spot herbicides
  • Spot insecticides
  • Bait ant control.

4.3 Special measures for sensitive places

Outdoor public land controlled by Sydney International Regatta Centre includes:

  • Road verges and reserves
  • Laneways and pathways and other easements accessible to the public
  • Drains and fence lines

For broadscale herbicide applications in the aforementioned areas, signs will be used to inform site users of the proposed application. Signs will be erected near the application area or at the main entrance to the facility at least 48 hours prior to application and remain 48 hours afterwards.

Information on the programmed and reactive spot use of herbicide will be posted on Sydney International Regatta Centre website every three months. Where programmed spot herbicide applications occur on outdoor public thoroughfares, and the above easements or adjacent to sensitive places, prior notice by mail or letter drop will be provided at least 48 hours beforehand for parties who register interest with Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Special notification measures for programmed pesticide use in outdoor Sport and Recreation 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, Sydney International Regatta 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 or in a public place that is adjacent to a sensitive place, Sport and Recreation will organise a door knock for homes adjacent to that sensitive place. This will occur at least 30 minutes before, so residents are aware thata pesticide is about to be used to deal with a dangerous pest infestation.

5. Emergency pesticide application

In cases where emergency pesticide applications in a public place are 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), or where immediate action is required to protect assets from serious damage, Sydney International Regatta Centre will, where possible, provide notice by posting signs nearby at the time of application. If this is not possible, Sydney International Regatta Centre will provide information via Sydney International Regatta Centre’s website or directly by the person applying the pesticide.

6. Pesticide contractors and lessees of agency land

Where Sydney International Regatta 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 (eg. office space or boatshed) within Sydney International Regatta Centre, they will be required to inform Venue Management of any request to apply pesticides. Sydney International Regatta Centre will arrange and coordinate any pesticide application on site in accordance with the requirements of this Plan.

The information that will be provided in the notification will be in accordance with clause 20 of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 and 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/s are being treated
  • Place of use
  • The proposed date/s or date range of the pesticide use
  • Contact number and email address for a Sport and Recreation Officer whom 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, staff and contractors.

As already noted, the Sydney International Regatta Centre website will have a dedicated area that describes the programmed, reactive and if practicable, emergency pesticide use in the venue with a link to this Plan.

7. How the community will be informed of this plan

Sydney International Regatta 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 Management Office situated above Boat Shed No.3, Sydney International Regatta Centre, Castlereagh Road, Penrith Lakes
  • Placing a copy of the Plan on regattacentre.nsw.gov.au
  • Placing a notice in the Penrith Press newspaper
  • Displaying the information on a visual display board within the venue.

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 the progress of implementing the Plan
  • Outcomes of public consultation on the notification methods outlined in the Plan
  • Placing the Plan on public exhibition, with any proposed changes and invitations for public submissions
  • In response to any public submissions received, making recommendations for alterations (if applicable) to the Plan.

9. Contact us

To discuss this Notification Plan or to obtain details of pesticide applications, contact us