Council organises and carries out up to four coordinated 1080 baiting campaigns for wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and feral cats each year. The baiting service for landholders does not incur a cost and a great deal of effort is focused on achieving high participation rates amongst landholders.
Why is coordinated baiting important?
Coordinated baiting with 1080 is the most economical way of achieving effective control of many vertebrate pests across a large area. Non-participation by landholders in baiting programs is the biggest barrier to achieving effective control. If you or someone you know has pest animals but is reluctant to bait, please contact one of Council’s pest management officers to discuss steps that can be taken when baiting to reduce the risk of poisoning to domestic animals and non-target wildlife.
Recent changes to the use of 1080 for vertebrate pest control
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are no longer providing local governments with Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) concentrates for their baiting programs. Councils are now responsible for purchasing and managing 1080 products used in their baiting programs. Queensland Health introduced changes to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 and new regulations and departmental standards to manage the use of 1080. Further information regarding the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 and associated regulations and standards can be obtained from the Medicines, poisons and pest management page of the Queensland Health website.
Some things to know and understand before using 1080 baits to control vertebrate pests
All landholders and/or their authorised representatives wanting to take part in Council’s coordinated baiting programs need to comply with the Departmental Standard - Dealing with restricted S7 poisons for invasive animal control. The Standard sets out the requirements for using 1080 baits to control vertebrate pests. Please ensure you download, read and understand the requirements for the use 1080 baits prior to participating in a coordinated baiting program. You or your authorised representative will be required to sign a deed poll acknowledging you have a copy of the Standard and will comply with the requirements of the Standard before receiving any 1080 baits.
The key things to remember include:
- providing notification to all neighbouring landholders of your intention to bait at least 72 hours prior to laying baits (notification template (PDF 393.4KB))
- ensure your authorised representative brings along and shows a completed 'Authority to Sign (PDF 624.5KB)' from
- understanding the various bait placement distance restrictions
- erection of property warning signage
2022/2023 Coordinated baiting program
Proposed dates for the 2022/2023 year coordinated baiting program are:
- Spring - 7th to 9th September 2022 (see advertising flyer (PDF 1MB))
- Summer - 16th to 18th November 2022
- Autumn - 8th to 10th March 2023
- Winter - 3rd to 5th May 2023
Council has also funded a winter aerial baiting program targeting areas of the region that are difficult to access with conventional ground baiting. The proposed date for the aerial baiting program is 9th and 10th of May 2023.
The proposed dates listed above will be confirmed and advertised closer to the dates.
Other useful links and forms associated with participating in a coordinated baiting programs are listed below: