The Council is responsible for managing and maintaining large areas of streetscape, park and reserve land, and as part of this work we use agrichemicals to control pest plant species, insects and fungus.
We use these agrichemicals on grass berms and verges, in parks, at Hamilton Gardens, our cemeteries, and also at our two sports stadia – Seddon Park and FMG Stadium Waikato. A list of the active ingredients in the products we use is below.
We follow best-practice methods for use of these products in public spaces, to ensure the safety of our staff and the public. We have guidelines, specific methods and policies which outline how, when and where we use these products. The Council is also continuing to explore opportunities to use control methods which don't rely on agrichemicals.
We also acknowledge some residents do not support the use of agrichemicals on public land which borders their homes, business and properties, or may wish to be away from their homes when we undertake agrichemical applications.
To ensure residents' requests can be met, we operate two notification lists:
- No Spray Register: This is a notification list through which residents can lodge a request to ensure the Council does not use agrichemicals on public land bordering private property, including either parks/reserves, or roadside berms. Our staff will identify the area you have identified as a NO SPRAY area, and it will be your responsibility to control weeds in the area you have nominated.
- Spray Notification Register. We will inform you of a planned spray operation in a public place you have nominated. We will endeavour to contact you the day before/the morning the operation takes place.
You can join either or both of these lists below. You will receive a reply confirming you have been added to the relevant list.
If you join our No Spray Register, you must take responsibility for the control of weeds along your property boundary and/or street frontage. We'll contact you if we have concerns about re-emerging weeds/fungi on a shared boundary or street frontage, and we may resume weed control if we feel it's essential.
You will be contacted by email/mail on an annual basis to confirm you wish to remain on the No Spray and/or Spray Notification Register.
Please note, if there are several locations you wish to be notified of, you will need to specify those with a separate registration for each site.
You will receive an automated response once you have joined a register.