HVP Plantations plans to commence aerial spraying of pine plantations near Bright, Porepunkah and Wandiligong with Roundup on April 14, despite community concerns, saying they have no other options.
The organisation was due to aerial spray plantations on April 1, but a group of residents voiced their concerns about the potential harm to residents and the fact the broader community hadn’t been informed.
Residents also contacted Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) with their concerns, and Ms McGowan said her office had investigated the matter.
She noted that HVP had agreed to postpone spraying until after the Easter and school holidays, and said HVP has all necessary licences to undertake the spraying.
HVP general manger northern region Rob Hescock said blackberries and other weeds continue to create problems within the plantation.
He said HVP use hand crews to spray near boundaries, near sensitive waterways and near neighbors and converted logging skidders carry between 1500 and 3000 litres of spray mix onto terrain with a slope of up to 20 degrees.