As announced by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation’s (ISJO) Chair Cr Gordon Bradbery earlier this week, an internal review of the proposed aerial spraying of bitou bush infestations on five sites across the Illawarra, as identified by the Illawarra District Weeds Authority (IDWA), has been undertaken. 

This internal review included consideration of the program at a special meeting of the Illawarra District Weeds Authority’s Management Committee which comprises Council weeds specialists and Councillors during the week who made recommendations to the ISJO Board today.

The ISJO Board have carefully considered these recommendations in the context of balancing IDWA’s responsibilities under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 and Biosecurity Regulation 2017 to control the impact of bitou bush infestation on our natural environment with the concerns raised by the community.

ISJO Chair Cr Gordon Bradbery said this afternoon “the community have made their concerns regarding the use of herbicides to manage bitou bush in their communities clear.   That is why I want to reassure everyone in our community that it’s probable the aerial spraying program will not be taking place this calendar year.  

What we will be doing is engaging an external weeds specialist to undertake an independent review of all accepted control measures for bitou bush management, taking into account the unique landscape of the Illawarra’s coastline where the incidence of bitou bush occurs adjacent to marine and urban environments.” 

Once the results of the independent review are received, the community will be informed of the outcome.

Bitou bush clump