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Pesticide training for feral animal control in Lake Macquarie

A pesticide training course accrediting landholders to use 1080 and Pindone is being offered by Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) from 9 am – 12.30 pm on Tuesday 25 November in Lake Macquarie.

The workshop will be presented by Ross Garland, Biosecurity Officer from LLS who encourages landholders to undertake the training and learn how to use the pesticides effectively to reduce pest animals on their property.

Mr Garland said course participants will be trained and authorised to use 1080 which can be used to control foxes and wild dogs, and Pindone which is used to control rabbits.

'In the case of 1080, requirements of the use of this pesticide include meeting minimum distance restrictions, and extensive notifications before 1080 can be issued to landholders. The accreditation certifies landholders to use these pesticides for a period of 5 years' said Mr Garland.

Carolyn Jenkinson, Senior Land Services Officer from LLS says pesticides are under strict control so the course is a great opportunity to learn how to use them correctly and safely. 

'The requirement for this qualification came into force in late 2010 under the pesticides legislation to enable better management of the pesticides concerned.'

'The course will also increase the level of knowledge and skills of landholders to minimise risks associated with the use of pesticides,' said Ms Jenkinson.

Numbers to this workshop are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to secure your position. Please note only those on landholdings of a minimum of 10 ha are eligible for free accreditation.

Please contact Carolyn Jenkinson, Senior Land Services Officer in the Wyong office on 4352 5113 or to book a place no later than Friday 21 November.The workshop is coordinated by Hunter Local Land Services and is funded by the Australian Government.

Contact Jillian Ayre (Mon, Tues, Wed) - 02 4938 4932 or Maree Whelan (Thurs, Fri) 02 4938 4932 or Mobile: 0418 960 817.