1950 – 1967: Sandringham. Pesticide of concern: Heptachlor, Dieldrin

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“Yvonne Dolman investigated the impact of heptachlor in the Melbourne suburb of Sandringham, where it was used to control Argentine ant infestations during the 1950’s and 1960’s. She found that in two streets where people had been living continuously from 1950 to 1963, half the families had at least one cancer and concluded this was significant in terms of community’s long exposure to heptachlor. p34/5 Quick Poison Slow Poison. Pesticide Risk in the Lucky Country. Kate Short 1994

3 March 1967

Re; Aerial Spraying with Pesticides.

With reference to your circular of 27th February I wish to advise that no aerial spraying with pesticides has been carried out in this municipality.

However 121 properties have been sprayed by council staff for the eradication of Argentine ants using the barrier spray technique recommended by the Department of Agriculture.

1200 Gallons of 0.5% dieldrin solution was used in this operation.

Town Clerk – City of Sandringham