Douglas Shire Council will trial new steam-weeding technology to reduce the use of herbicides in public spaces.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council’s Open Spaces team would trial the new technology for three months from April.
“Initially we will be trialling the steam-weeding technology around all of Council’s playgrounds and kerb and channels,” Mayor Leu said.
“This will drastically reduce Council’s use of herbicides around public areas children use frequently and minimise run-off impacting the Great Barrier Reef.”
The chemical-free steam-weeding technology eliminates spray drift, can operate in all weather conditions and is safe for operators.
“Steam weeding is environmentally friendly and furthers Council’s sustainability commitment,” Mayor Leu said.
“Council will use the trial period of steam weeding our playgrounds and kerb and channel areas to determine the comparative cost of the technology compared to other means of weed control.
“We’re excited to be one of the first councils in Australia to trial this technology and look forward to seeing the results and potential benefits for our communities.”