We have only 7 days left before our rally and council meeting...we have the opportunity to change the way we do things here for the next generation. Lets not waste it. So please share this petition with everyone you know in our shire...Dorrigo, Urunga and Bellingen and join us for a peaceful rally outside council chambers at 8.30 am sharp.
To: Bellingen Shire Council
We want to be Australia's first 100% organic town- So stop spraying round up bellingen shire council
We want Bellingen Shire Council to stop spraying all chemical herbicides and pesticides (roundup, verdict, wipeout) on our roadsides, public spaces (pools, ovals, playgrounds, parks, suburbs) and council reserves.
We want council to adopt a more holistic and sustainable approach to managing weeds in the shire, for the benefit of our environment, our waterways, our animals and our own health.
Why is this important?
Roundups active ingredient glyphosate has been scientifically linked to be toxic to humans, our animals, soils, earthworms, amphibians, our waterways and removes nitrogen from the soil. The real issue with using herbicides and pesticides in our shire is it ultimately creates more weeds and pests as it builds tolerance and immunity over time. This translates to the use of stronger formulations at higher applied rates over time...therefore more toxicity and longer half life in our soils and environments.
The increased health risks and health complications a s result of this herbicide are escalating at an alarming rate, as more and more research is being conducted into the impact and linkage of this toxin to our health and behaviours.
The use of these herbicides become part of the problem not the solution as it alters the environment substantially. Monsanto has now brought out a new improved double strength roundup; it lasts longer, kills more weeds and only requires one application per year rather then two. Translated this means higher levels of glyphosate in our environment and greater health risks to the user.
The use of these herbicides and pesticides are not providing a long term solution, they are simply providing a ‘band aid’ style approach which only escalates the cycle.
There are literally thousands of independent scientific articles available on the negative impact glyphosate has on both the environment, soils, waterways, plants, animals and humans.
We believe that we have found a comparable certified organic herbicide that is both safe and affective for council and our residents to use on their gardens and farms. The product is an Australian made pine derivative called Bioweed, its active on 3,00 species of weeds and broad leaf grasses.
We want to be the first Australian spray free town as we move towards being an organic growing town and a bee sanctuary.
We want Bellingen Shire to be a living model to other communities Australia wide on how to create and implement sound environmental policy which has a long term vision for our town for many generations to come.