Lakes Golf Club Pty Ltd to pay $50,000 after entering into an Enforceable Undertaking with EPA following pesticide misuse

The Lakes Golf Club has committed to an Enforceable Undertaking which will result in $50,000 being paid to Randwick City Council for environmental works, following an investigation into pesticides use in 2012.

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Acting Chief Environmental Regulator Craig Lamberton said the investigation also resulted in two penalty notices totalling $1,150 to the former Golf Course Superintendent for using pesticides in contravention with the label and not keeping records for that particular pesticide.

“Regulatory action was taken following an investigation at the Golf Course that involved the misuse of pesticides by the former Golf Course Superintendent at the Golf Course contrary to the Pesticides Act and the incorrect disposal of chemical waste contrary to the POEO Act.

“The situation involved the inappropriate use of the Insecticide Vydate and the disposal of pesticide waste in a manner that may have polluted waters.

“These actions had the potential to cause harm to the environment and were rigorously investigated by EPA staff.

“The Lakes Golf Club co-operated fully during this investigation by providing all documents and information requested by the EPA and making available all greenkeeping personnel and senior executive for interview.

“The Club acknowledged the concerns of the EPA and has implemented measures to ensure that inappropriate practices cannot recur.

“These measures include: improvements to accountability, reporting responsibilities and compliance auditing, creating a new reporting mechanism, and improved training.

“The Club also agreed to make amends for its actions by entering into the Enforceable Undertaking which requires them to contribute $50,000 to Randwick City Council for the bush restoration program at Randwick Environmental Park and the Chifley Remnant Bushland on Bunnerong Road.

“This Council program includes work for endangered local plant communities.

“The Club is also required to pay $8,500 for the EPA’s investigation and legal costs.

“Overall this is a good outcome, with the Lakes Golf Club implementing upgraded systems to improve their environmental performance, and contributing a significant sum of money to bush restoration in the local community.”

Anyone who has concerns about the possible misuse or disposal of chemicals can contact the EnviroLine with details on 131 555.