Sprays beat sliced bread

NAMBUCCA Shire Council adopted roadside herbicide spraying on unsealed rural roads as a policy at their meeting last Thursday.

The director of operations, Bruce Redman, said over the past 10 years vegetation had become an increasing problem for graders undertaking routine maintenance.

He suggested spraying four weeks in advance of maintenance grades to help control grass and weeds, a practice which he said would eventually result in a saving on the grading budget.

"This is not wholesale spraying of roadsides, but rather spraying only along the beginning of the shoulders where the water runs off into the water table," Mr Redman said.

Cr Paula Flack spoke against the motion, saying there are more ways to deal with roadside vegetation. "This policy doesn't consider alternatives such as side arm slashing," Cr Flack said.

Cr Barry Duffus said he had been battling for the use of herbi- cide to control roadside weeds ever since he had been on council.

"This policy is the best thing since sliced bread," he said.

n Also at the meeting, the North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) presented councillors with an update on their Mid North Coast programs.

NCAS chairman David Parkinson said that by the end of the year there would be 20 sports on the local NCAS program, taking in 500 to 600 young talented athletes.

He said the programs helped the athletes excel and reach the next level in their chosen sport.

Heylee Cummings (Macksville High, Year 10) and Peta Hughes (Bishop Druitt College, Year 12) briefly told the councillors how the program helped them in their chosen sports of swimming and netball respectively.

Nambucca Shire mayor, Cr George Hicks, said although the council was strapped for cash, it tried to help where it could.

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