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Southern Downs Regional Council conducting coordinated baiting program in March

7 March 2019

Are wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs wreaking havoc on your land and livestock? Southern Downs Regional Council is conducting a coordinated baiting program in March to help landowners protect their property.

SDRC will conduct 1080 baiting in March across the Southern Downs and will supply a limited quantity of meat baits. Landholders must submit orders for baits to SDRC before 4pm on Friday, 8 March.

Council is encouraging landholders to take part in the baiting program as more landholders participating in the program will lead to broader and longer-lasting pest control for the entire region.

Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said SDRC’s 1080 coordinated baiting program is based on scientific research into best practice control methods.

“Research shows that the most effective and efficient form of broad scale control of wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs is coordinated 1080 baiting,” Cr Gow said.

“1080 is specifically targeted to dogs, foxes and cats, and native animals have a high tolerance to the toxin as it is naturally occurring in a range of native plants.

“Incorrect use can lead to risks to non-target species, and all landholders participating in the baiting program must comply with the conditions set out in ‘Toxin 1080, a guide to safe and responsible use of sodium fluoroacetate in Queensland.’

“The Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries highly regulates the use of 1080, and Council’s accredited 1080 users must routinely report to the department about Council’s use of 1080.”

Landholders participating in SDRC’s coordinated 1080 baiting program must notify neighbours 72 hours in advance of baiting, supply baiting material and provide recent rates notices for the land they plan to bait.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries provides the ‘Toxin 1080’ guide and other related forms on their website at daf.qld.gov.au.

The baiting program will occur as follows:

Wednesday 27 March

·         8:00am—Goomburra Hall (Inverramsay Road, Goomburra)

·         10:00am—Maryvale, North Branch Road (near Cunningham Highway)

·         11:30am—Freestone, Jack Smith Gully Road (Water Reserve (windmill))

·         1:00pm—Upper Swanfels, Bill Mosely’s gate (‘Mooroolin’, Top Swanfels Road)

·         3:00pm—Leyburn, Stonehenge Road (Side track near Toowoomba—Karara Road)

 

Thursday 28 March

·         8:00am—Willowvale/Bony Mountain (corner Wheatvale and Lawler Roads)

·         8:00am—Goldfields (Corner Goldfields and Inverary Road)

·         10:00am—Greymare Hall, Greymare

·         10:00am—Pikedale (Corner Springdale Road and Pikedale Lane)

·         12:00pm—Karara, Fearby’s Gate (Opposite ‘Beress’ Grid)

·         3:00pm—Leyburn, Stonehenge Road (Side track near Toowoomba—Karara Road)

 

Friday 29 March

·         7:00am—Braeside (Coochie Road turnoff, New England Highway)

·         8:00am—Eukey (RFS shed)

·         9:00am—Wallangarra (Saxby-Reid Road)

·         9:00am—Dalveen (Old Stanthorpe Road, near ‘Brooklands’)

·         11:00am—Mingoola, Glenlyon Dam Road (past caravan park entry)

·         12:00pm—Risdon/Murray Bridge (Corner of Derreen and Wildash School Roads)

·         2:00pm—Killarney, 602 Spring Creek Road, The Falls

For more information on Council’s coordinated 1080 baiting program, please contact Mat Warren, Local Laws Officer (Pest Management), on 1300 697 372 or mat.warren@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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