Ballina Shire Council will investigate whether the pesticides it uses is harmful to bees.
Ballina Shire Council will investigate whether the pesticides it uses is harmful to bees.

Are our pesticides killing bees in Ballina?

MORE than a year after thousands of bees were found dead in Alstonville, Ballina Shire Council will investigate whether the pesticides it uses are harming bee health.

Councillor Keith Williams has asked the council to review its use of pesticides implicated in mass bee deaths.

The review will specifically investigate Fipronil, Diazinon and neonicotinoid insecticides, which have been known to impact bee health.

"Bee health is vital to the agriculture in our shire," Cr Williams said.

"The pesticides that are nominated have been found in mass bee deaths here.

"I'm not suggesting we are causing the bee deaths but these particular pesticides are related to that and I want to investigate if we're using this in our shire."

Last year, Alstonville beekeepers reported they'd lost thousands of bees to possible pesticide poisoning throughout September.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority was investigating several reports, however testing the cause of death was very expensive and difficult to prove the exact poison or chemical used.

It is an offence under the EPA's legislation to use pesticides in a manner that harms non-target animals.

The maximum penalties for this are $120,000 for an individual, and $250,000 for a corporation.


Woman sentenced for defrauding government of $25K

premium_icon Woman sentenced for defrauding government of $25K

Leanne Crowder defrauded money from the government.

Rain helps fireys, but more needed

Rain helps fireys, but more needed

THE much-needed rain is a mixed blessing on the fireground, with cloudy conditions...

Adventurer climbs new mountain and buys rural cinema

premium_icon Adventurer climbs new mountain and buys rural cinema

The Harris’ have exciting plans for town’s much loved movie theatre