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Pesticide training for feral animal control in Lake Macquarie and Tocal

Hunter Local Land Services is offering free pesticide training courses accrediting landholders to use 1080 and Pindone in December, to help local landholders meet their biosecurity responsibilities to control pest species on their property.

The workshops will be held from 9 am – 12.30 pm on Monday 11 December in Lake Macquarie and Wednesday 13 December from 9 am – 12.30 pm at Tocal.

Course participants will be trained and gain authorisation to use 1080, which can be used to control foxes and wild dogs, and Pindone which is used to control rabbits.

Hunter Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer Kyra O’Brien said undertaking the training will help landholders understand how to use the pesticides effectively to reduce the impacts of pest species on their land.

“There are important regulations surrounding the use of 1080, including meeting minimum distance restrictions, and providing extensive public notifications, before the pesticide can be issued to landholders,” Ms O’Brien said.

“The accreditation landholders gain at our workshops, certifies them to use these pesticides for a period of five years.”

Wild Dogs and foxes are a threat to livestock, native species and domestic pets causing hundreds of millions of dollars of losses every year across the country. Wild rabbits feed on pasture and compete with livestock and native animals, and their burrows damage the environment.

The training is coordinated by Hunter Local Land Services and funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Catchment Action NSW and the Hunter Catchment Contributions levy.

Over the last 18 months, 132 landholders in the Lower Hunter have completed the course, to receive their accreditation.

“This course is a great opportunity to learn how to use them correctly and safely, because pesticides are under strict control,” Ms O’Brien said.

“The training will also increase the level of knowledge and skills of landholders to minimise risks associated with the use of pesticides.”

Places at the workshop are limited so RSVPs are essential and must be confirmed before Wednesday 6 December. This training is free to all landholders with property greater than 10 hectares.

Please RSVP to Kyra O’Brien, in our Tocal office on 4939 8967 or via email to kyra.o’brien@lls.nsw.gov.au

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Media contact: Penny Evans, Hunter Local Land Services, 0417413026