Contactless baits now available

Landholders across NSW will be able to continue carrying out crucial pest management work, with contactless bait collection now available from Local Land Services, Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced today.

Mr Marshall said it was critical farmers are able to safely access baits in the lead up to spring, when pests like wild dogs and feral pigs become more active.

“Feral pests don’t listen to stay-at-home orders, so we needed to find a quick, easy and COVID-safe way to give our farmers the baits they need,” Mr Marshall said.

“Through this contactless service, landholders can simply arrange a time with their local Local Land Services biosecurity officer, drive up to the collection point, and their baits will be ready to collect on arrival.

“We generally see feral pest activity increase as we move into spring, so having this contactless service up and running now will ensure farmers are ready to control them.”

To protect customers and staff throughout this process, a range of COVID-safe protocols have been implemented at bait collection points, which include:

  • Adhering to physical distancing requirements
  • Wearing a face mask at all times
  • Signing in with a QR code before entering all Local Land Services sites

To book an appointment, landholders can contact their local biosecurity officer or closest Local Land Services office.

Mr Marshall reminded landholders they will still need an up-to-date Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training (VPIT) certification to collect baits through the new service.

“Before booking an appointment, it’s worth checking to make sure your VPIT certification is still valid,” Mr Marshall said.

“To make life easier, this course is available for free, online, so landholders can get the same quality training from the convenience of their own home.”

For more information about contactless bait collection, VPIT training and other Local Land Services COVID-19 service updates visit, www.lls.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 or call 1300 795 299.

Media: Luke O’Donnell | 0427 837 497

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