GOOD NEWS FOR FERAL FIGHTING FARMERS
15 May 2020
Farmers across New South Wales are being supported to continue important biosecurity work on-farm, as the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) temporarily adjusts pest control accreditation periods for landholders in response to COVID-19.
Hunter Local Land Services Biosecurity Team Leader Luke Booth welcomed the exemption saying it will help protect farmers and the environment from feral pests like wild dogs and foxes.
The EPA has extended Vertebrate Pesticide Accreditations due to expire, and those that had expired since 1 March 2020, until 20 October 2020.
“This is good news for landholders in our region undertaking autumn baiting, and those already coordinating their spring campaigns with neighbours.”
The support and adaptability of Local Land Services has been a constant throughout the drought, fires, floods and now COVID-19.
“We’re here when it matters, and ready to support you with innovative solutions for pest management, including providing individual bait drop offs to landholders and advice around best practice for pest management in our part of the state,” Luke Booth added.
“We offer a safe, contactless service to limit social contact, and ensure you’re still able to manage pests effectively.”
The agency is also providing online training for Vertebrate Pest Induction Training. The course covers topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and work health and safety. Those completing the course will be issued a five-year accreditation to use 1080 and Pindone for feral pest control.
Landholders are encouraged to call their nearest Local Land Services office to express their interest in the online training, and to talk to a biosecurity officer about immediate options for pest management or planning for the months ahead.
Landholders can access LLS support and services safely over the phone on 1300 795 299, via the new online form at lls.nsw.gov.au, or through Facebook messenger.
Hunter Local Land Services staff have visited more than 140 properties and taken a number of further reports from Upper Hunter lan...
There were smiles all around as Morpeth Public School celebrated one of their own, Maggie Carpenter, who has had the honor of beco...
Birds Connect Our World - Bird Watching Competition
We need citizen scientists to monitor our most vulnerable birds after the long drought and wide-spread bushfires. Help u...View event
Connecting Country Land and Culture Festival
Join us for this special, regionally significant event, celebrating local Aboriginal culture.Performances by local indig...View event
2020 Hunter Livestock Forum
How can you make the right decisions for your People, Business and Land?Agriculture is changing, challenging and complex...View event