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The spraying of a Launceston public park with Dominex Duo …

John Hawkins
I then suggested to him that I would like to embark on a campaign to hire a helicopter, advise all those living in Launceston adjacent to a Public Park that I was going to spray the park with Dominex Duo. On the basis of Archer’s comments above, it would seem that only those living within 100 metres of the park need to be informed. How does the State Government view this course of action?

Subsequently I have written to the Mayor of Launceston informing him that I am willing to donate a free helicopter spraying of City Park with Dominex Duo to prevent infestation of the historic Elms with Dutch elm disease as caused by the Elm Bark Beetle a disease now found in the Elms in Fitzroy Park Melbourne. As no home is within 100 metres of the centre of the park I will not have to ask permission of the adjoining householders or rate payers, I only have to gain the approval of the land owner, namely the Launceston City Council.

Doubtless, using Mr Lee- Archer’s aforesaid expertise this will be a given, as no harm will come to anyone as the chemicals used are totally complimentary to human beings and their way of life. After all we spray the residents of rural Tasmania with gay abandon, they rarely complain, they should be so lucky.

To whom it may concern,

On the 3rd February 2009 I had lunch with Bob Loone and Peter Lee-Archer. Archer stated that he was the head of and the only employee of the Spray Information Referral Unit of DIPIWE he informed us of the following:

• Aerial spraying can take place within 100 metres of an adjoining property but the property owner has to be advised. This advice does not have to be in writing and maybe verbal.

• The spraying is conducted on behalf of the Company who owns the plantation and it is responsible for what is sprayed, in what quantity and when.

• A contractor is employed by the company for the North West of the State it is Tas Helicopters, contact Darryl Taylor of Latrobe.

• A log of what is sprayed is kept by the helicopter company together with GPS records and the quantities sprayed and in what concentration. The public are not allowed to know what is sprayed nor do they have any say in what concentration it is sprayed. This information could only be discovered under Freedom of Information but that we should note that it is not required that the company should inform the department as to when spraying takes place, nor to record the event.

• Mr Peter Lee-Archer said there were very few justified complaints to him as the head of the unit and this had resulted in the odd warning but no cases have been brought before the courts, he only became involved when complaints were made.

• With regard to drift and spraying, a maximum wind of 20km per hour is recommended beyond which spraying should not take place, but there are no written regulations.

• The insecticide used generally on plantations is Dominex Duo, levels recommended for aerial spraying as per the label, the APVMA is 250 mils per hectare with a general dilution of this quantity into 10-15 litres of water per hectare, but the volume of water is not critical and does not matter. They could spray the neat chemical but it would not get through the jets. Further Lee-Archer has no idea if this chemical is banned in other countries.

• In the three years he has been operating in his position he personally has seen no side effects from the spraying of this chemical and all investigations are his call.

• All cases that he has investigated are listed and the documents are in his office and I could apply to see them under Freedom of Information. He doubted if I would be allowed access, as there were no proven cases as to the deleterious effects of aerial spraying.

I then suggested to him that I would like to embark on a campaign to hire a helicopter, advise all those living in Launceston adjacent to a Public Park that I was going to spray the park with Dominex Duo. On the basis of Archer’s comments above, it would seem that only those living within 100 metres of the park need to be informed. How does the State Government view this course of action?

Subsequently I have written to the Mayor of Launceston informing him that I am willing to donate a free helicopter spraying of City Park with Dominex Duo to prevent infestation of the historic Elms with Dutch elm disease as caused by the Elm Bark Beetle a disease now found in the Elms in Fitzroy Park Melbourne. As no home is within 100 metres of the centre of the park I will not have to ask permission of the adjoining householders or rate payers, I only have to gain the approval of the land owner, namely the Launceston City Council.

Doubtless, using Mr Lee- Archer’s aforesaid expertise this will be a given, as no harm will come to anyone as the chemicals used are totally complimentary to human beings and their way of life. After all we spray the residents of rural Tasmania with gay abandon, they rarely complain, they should be so lucky.

John Hawkins
Chudleigh

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. don davey

    March 1, 2009 at 2:54 am

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    I too have a friend at Gunns in a position where they have been able to give me much information , they also, being against the building of the mill .

    They also were the party whom divulged to me of the toxic run off let into the Tamar between 7pm and 7 am on a nightly basis ! I have been trying to get the papers to print the story however I suspect one has to furnish the proof that it is true.

    d.d.

  2. Steve

    February 28, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Interesting that Mandy instantly recognised at which Lindsay St address the “very weird insect life” was. Presumably from inside knowledge having friends “that work for Gunns”

  3. valleywatcher

    February 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    You must mingle with the wrong ‘most people’, Mandy. The ‘most people’ I talk to hate that company with a passion, including members of my family who work for them.

    Gunns are reaping the whirlwind, having sown the wind. No language can be too strong in decrying them, in my book. They deserve nothing less, but please note that it is directed at the bosses – not the workers – who are being screwed by them no less than the rest of us. They (Gunns) have deep contempt for all of us.

  4. Charles and Claire Gilmour

    February 28, 2009 at 1:49 am

    We have friends that work for Gunns too. They hate gunns. They hate being treated with contempt. They are being harressed to the point they want to leave. Which is what gunns want at the moment. We tell them … stay and make them pay you out!! Bosses have left in disgust.

    Who is ‘most’ people Mandy Thompson? The 10,000 who marched against the pulp mill? No doubt representing many more than that.

    Get used to what you and your lot created Mandy. We are here to stay!! We won’t back down or give up, if you don’t like what is said here, join the CFMEU!

  5. Mandy Thompson

    February 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Mr McMahon

    You are a nasty person in the way you spew out such vitriolic language. You may think that it is clever and funny but most people find it appalling. It may be that your wish to halt the pulp mill has led you down the path of hatred. I have friends that work for Gunns, as do most people in Tasmania, and attacks on them in such a manner does not serve any purpose.

  6. Rocky

    February 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Sorry Bob, Mortein would be sufficient for those ‘maggots’!

  7. michael angel

    February 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    ALPHA-CYPERMETHRIN is toxic to bees and most other insects- including beneficial ones.

    It is a synthetic pyrethroid (type II) analogue.
    These have not been used enough in the environment yet to really work out how toxic and lasting they are. They do not break down as quickly as natural pyrethum. I would have thought the Tasmanian Government Agencies would be supporting your pyrethum farmers by using their product?

    I am amazed and horrified that they can aerial spray without telling anyone.

    Aerial spraying is such a shotgun approach to pest control and pesticide can drift a very long way.

  8. phill Parsons

    February 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Complian to the judge, jury and executioner, the head of a unit of 1. The Spray Information Referal Unit would seem to result in a good talking to and a cup of tea, thus ending the matter for all those not demonstrating immediate acute poisoning and therefore probably in hospital.

    As for those who have chronic poisoning from repeated exposure or secondary poisoning they, if such an event occurs, may not be able to remember what happened and ascribe it to anything passing over to Elysium.

    Heads of a unit of 1 is a position that appears to have no reason to exist as the police could investigate the hospitalized or dead as a murder and the rest pass under the radar as a cost to society like the effects of lead in petrol or all the other exposures, as nothing will be done by the SIRU because they cannot find anything wrong.

    Of course we could abandon mega plantations and depend on natural systems to regulate natural insects naturally. Natural local forest went on for aeons without ever being sprayed saving hospital costs, police time, helicopter time, the chemical handling, its manufacture and the potential shortening of peoles lives by exposure to yet another chemical, in the cas of Dominex Duo an antichlorinesterase compound that acts on the nervous system.

    Comparing the statements of the victoms of the Wegeena spraying and the chemical data indicates either a high dosage rate fel on the individuals oversprayed, the data for humans is wrong or another chemical was present in the mix.

    Injested Dominex is very toxic so i doubt if we will see any silly heroics.

    Elm Leaf Beetle is currently treated with Confidor by injection in an attempt to get all stages of the insects life cycle.

  9. Gerry Mander

    February 26, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I believe there is a severe beetle attack in the trees surrounding Salamanca Square. Could you please arrange to spray it shortly after the 8th March? Anyday when the wind is in a Northerly direction will do, so that the spray drift can do no real damage to anyone that matters.

  10. Bob McMahon

    February 26, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Incredibly public spirited of you John. You might consider going further afield. I’m given to understand that there is an outbreak of some very weird insect life down at Lindsay St. Not sure if Dominex-duo will do the trick. You might give your mate Lee-Archer a ring. I suspect you may need a cocktail of DDT, 245T and 24D all of which are completely harmless to humans. Lee-Archer will confirm that.

  11. Dave Groves

    February 26, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Yeah nice one John.
    I am eagerly awaiting the reply from Albert and look forward to photographing the helicopter as it circles City Park……
    Intersting that the cove in charge of the whole shebang knows three fifths of fanny adams about his job……least he knows how FOI covers his arse…..

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