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Herbicide and pesticide information

Port Stephens Council uses a wide variety of management tools to control pest and weeds. One of the most effective tools is pesticides and herbicides. We also provide information and recommendations about what herbicide to use in different situations.

Council uses pesticide and herbicides to manage and minimise the  impacts of pests and weeds. Pesticide and herbicides users within Council have been trained and follow legislative requirements to minimise concerns.


Herbicides used by Council

The following is a list of herbicides that Council may use.

  • All purpose plant herbicide
  • Comes in many strength variations
  • Some variations are aquatic safe while others are not, ensure you use the correct variation
  • Not ideal for lawns or to promote desired competitive species
  • Great for use on alligator weed, path edges, fence lines etc
  • Is a wood weedy herbicide like lantana, blackberry or even fireweed
  • Comes in a granular form and you may need to add a wetting agent
  • Can be used with a permit in aquatic situations
  • Can be hard to measure small amounts
  • Broadleaf herbicide
  • Is the only herbicide available to control chinese violet
  • Can be used to control bindies and lawn weeds
  • Used on tussock grass like Giant Parramatta Grass
  • Remains in the soil to treat new plant seedlings
  • Can form a part of a sustainable farming rescheme
  • Broadleaf herbicide for woody and non-pasture weeds
  • It has a short residual life, allowing for replanting
  • Doesn’t harm pasture grasses
  • Can be used as foliar spray or basal bark
  • Can be used for St.John's wort or Wandering Jew
  • Fast acting
  • Large target weed range
  • Great against paterson curse, thistles and fireweed
  • No withholding period for grazing (with exceptions)
  • Number one bush regenerate herbicide
  • Gel applicator
  • No mixing
  • Use on vines and tree for cut/scrape and paint applications
  • Use on cats claw creeper or african olive
  • Use on tough to kill weeds like prickly pear
  • Mix with diesel to create a strong basal bark
  • Fast acting

If you are using pesticides:

  • Ensure you follow the label as this is a legal requirement under pesticide legislation.
  • Ensure all safety precautions are used as per directed by the product label, including required safety equipment and safe use around waterways.
  • The information provided here is only guide and is not to be used contrary to the product label.

Councils use of Glyphosate

Port Stephens Councils is investigating alternate products to Glyphosate. However, Council cannot rule out the use of Glyphosate as a tool to protect the agricultural, social and environmental assets of our local government area. All herbicide including Glyphosate are heavily regulated by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), and Port Stephens Council will ensure to follow all directions and safety labels provided by the APVMA in relation to pesticides and herbicides including Glyphosate.